Beyond the Weekend

August 10 | The Experience of Expressing Thanks (Part 2)

August 10, 2018


I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:17

Read: Psalm 116:13-20

Listen: Psalm 116


When the psalmist entered the temple, he publicly thanked God for getting him through the mess and gave a thank offering. He said something and gave something. The thank offering wasn’t elaborate or expensive, but a simple token of appreciation.

A modern version of a thank offering is giving something of monetary or time value because you are deeply grateful for something God has done for you. Thank offerings aren’t about repaying but recognizing. They are often done in private or anonymously. Three key words for a thank offering are simple, small and soon. A thank offering is supposed to be simple because elaborate plans rarely come to fruition. It should be small because it is a token. And it should happen soon because the business of life gets in the way. If we don’t keep simple, small and soon in mind with a thank offering, we are likely never to offer one.

A simple, small and soon thank offering might be a check to an organization, a gift card to a family in need or mentoring someone. Often, when we are thinking of a thank offering, God will bring an opportunity to our minds.


Think about giving a thank offering. What mess have you recently come through that you could give God a thank offering for? What is something simple, small and soon that you could do as a token of your appreciation.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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