A Psalm of Thanksgiving

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A Psalm of Thanksgiving

by Alyssa Robinson

I love Jonah, Chapter 2. This Psalm of Thanksgiving rests smack in the middle of Jonah’s story. At this point of the story he has been in the belly of a whale for 3 days and 3 nights, but takes time to express his gratitude to God for saving him. I think this is a fitting chapter to examine on the week of Thanksgiving, not just because it’s literally called the “Psalm of Thanksgiving,” but because it’s a beautiful reminder to be grateful in all circumstances.

Maybe Thanksgiving is carrying a little extra weight for you than it has in the past. Maybe hosting is stressful, family isn’t getting along, or you’re working through grief. You might be experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress. Money troubles could be piling up as you wonder how you’ll make Christmas happen. Maybe you feel like you’re in the belly of the beast.

If you feel this way, I invite you to read the Psalm of Thanksgiving from Jonah. Remember that God is with you through all of the challenges life brings. God doesn’t give up on you. Find a quiet space today to ready Jonah 2 and spend some time in gratitude.

May the Lord protect you and spit you out on dry land when you’re ready.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

“I called to the Lord out of my distress,
    and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    and you heard my voice.
You cast me into the deep,
    into the heart of the seas,
    and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
    passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
how shall I look again
    upon your holy temple?’
The waters closed in over me;
    the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
    at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
    whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
    O Lord my God.
As my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols
    forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
    Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out onto the dry land.

Posted by Alyssa Robinson at 7:00 AM
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