Does Your Heart Ache To Sing Thanksgiving To God?

This psalm is a full throated song of thanksgiving. It is a joyful assent of faith in God. It is only 6 verses long and each verse is ecstatic in its praise of God. Our prayers are so often prayers of petition, full of our needs, our sorrows and our trials, but this prayer is a response to God’s actions of mercy and salvation.

We all have great reason to be thankful for God’s mercy in our own lives. Each day, each experience of goodness, innocence, and beauty in our lives, is a pure gift from our loving God. He is our constant source of strength. When we call on him he answers with his grace and with his protection. As Christians, we have the greatest reason of all to give thanks to God, for he has come to us in Jesus who has shown us his face. Even though we are sinners, Jesus died for us out of his infinite and merciful love for us.

Because Jesus has conquered sin and death, we no longer need be afraid. He is with us in his Holy Spirit and is our strength in times of need. He strengthens us with patient endurance and with courage when we are confronted with trials. He has shown us the way to the Father and he gives us hope in the face of the world’s despair. Yes. He is our salvation and our song. We are a people of joy. His is the source of our inner peace.

Our hearts ache to sing our thanks to the Lord for his presence in our daily lives. Like the psalmist here, let us break forth in spontaneous songs of thanksgiving. There is plenty of time to call on him for help. Let us take the time to read this short psalm and to reflect on all that God has done for us personally. Let this psalm be our prayer of thanksgiving on a regular basis.

Lord, you are our salvation and our hope. Hear our shouts of joy, our humble prayers of thanks. As Augustine said, “Our hearts are not at rest until they rest in you.” In this rest, our hearts overflow with your generous love and we shout our joy. To you we sing joyous hosanna's. Alleluia! Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.