Early this morning, I turned to one of my favorite Psalms. As I read Psalm 103:1-5, I realized again, what a great pattern for praise these words provide. Take a look with me:
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of His benefits.”
With Thanksgiving being this week, it’s perfect to organize your thankful list! David gives us five reasons to praise God. Why not print this out and use it as a pattern for your praise as you give thanks this week?
He forgives all your sins. Think back over the last year. What sins have you struggled with? Anger, un-forgiveness, selfishness, gossip, judgementalism? How have you personally experienced God’s forgiveness? Write a prayer of praise, thanking Him for His grace and forgiveness in your life.
He heals all your diseases. I have friends who have battled cancer this last year. Others are battling illnesses like arthritis, chronic fatigue, or diabetes. Have you struggled with any illnesses over the past year? Has God healed? Or, has He sustained you to live beyond your illness? How has He met you on your sick bed?
He redeems your life from the pit. Whenever I read these words, I am reminded of a time in my life when I was in the pit; the pit of anxiety, depression and shame. God, in His mercy met me there and showed me exactly how to get out of that pit to live like the beloved daughter He had called me to be. Think back. Have you ever been in the pit? Maybe for you it was the pit of despair, the pit of resentment, or the pit of poverty. How has God redeemed your life from the pit?
He crowns you with love and compassion. My little granddaughter, Selah, is intrigued by crowns. They make her feel like a princess. You are as special to God as a prince or princess and He loves to shower love and compassion on you. Think back over the last year. What special unexpected blessings did God pour out on your life? In what ways did you experience His love and compassion in new ways? Write a prayer of thanksgiving expressing your gratitude.
He satisfies your desires with good things. All of us have dreams and desires. Many of these were actually planted in our hearts by God. As you think back over the past year, what dreams or desires of your heart, did God fulfill? In addition to praising Him for the dreams He has granted, praise Him in advance for the dreams and desires He will fulfill in the future.
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