The Psalm for this Sunday, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, is a testimony of praise in worship for God’s redemptive help, especially for Israel in the past as they rebelled and suffered in the wilderness. The psalmist called out for the congregation to give thanks to God, remembering that God was good and loving.
Read the Psalm here.
The phrase I like best here is, And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. By the time you get to this part of the psalm, you can understand the psalmist’s passionate joy and thanksgiving. We understand this emotion, but not so much the sacrifice. We don’t have a ritual so tangibly expressive as a lamb, a bull, a dove or grain offering in our services (at least I’m thinking that’s the case). So, how do we show our thanks? How are we to offer thanksgiving sacrifices?
One of my favorite parts in our worship service is the “Testimony of Praise,” a time when the congregation is asked to share a reason for praising God from the week. It is always an inspirational time of praise mixed with thanksgiving. We are all encouraged by what we hear from other worshippers and, consequently, led to consider where God has been in our past week as well. While there is not a visible sacrifice made in the service, we are led into the new week with actions of gratitude and service in light of what has been done for us out of God’s enduring love.