Beyond the Weekend

May 16 | Give Thanks

May 16, 2023


Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:6-9

Read: Psalm 107
Listen: Psalm 107


Psalm 107 reveals a pattern of repeated calls to praise and thank God. The psalm begins by calling all people to give thanks. The rest of the psalm is broken up into sections telling of a situation where people are in trouble, cry out to the Lord and are delivered by God. What’s interesting is that the Psalmist repeats the phrase, “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,” (Psalm 107: 8, 15, 21, 31). This seems to be his way of saying that no matter what God has rescued someone from—the next step is to give thanks.

This message is for us today too because it’s possible to be grateful and never stop to give thanks. Maybe we’ve cried out to God in addiction, and he brought us out. Perhaps we’ve cried out in a time of material need, and he provided for us. Many of us have cried out to him in a time of distress, and he brought peace and comfort to us. We’ve cried out at a time of loss or grief, and he carried us through. Whatever it is God is rescuing us from—the Psalmist encourages us to give thanks.


Journal about God’s unfailing love and wonderful deeds for humankind. Get specific about how God rescues you. Finally, pray and give thanks to God.


Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.

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