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Remember to pray as you open your time of study each day, asking that the Holy Spirit would illumine your understanding of God’s word, and would help you know how best to apply the word to your life.
Today read Psalm 136:1-26. Verses 1-3 set up what this psalm is all about. What do they call the reader/listener to do? What is the theme of this psalm?
What works of the Lord do verses 4-9 highlight?
What works of the Lord do verses 10-22 highlight?
What characteristics of the Lord do the summary verses at the end (verses 23-26) identify as evident in the works that have been recited?
What phrase is repeated over and over and over in this psalm? What does this explain about the works of God that have been celebrated here? What underlies them?
Read Psalm 118:1-29. What call to action does verse 1 (and also verse 29) provide for the reader/listener? What phrase is repeated four times in the first four verses? How does this phrase relate to the call to action?
What does this teach us about the nature of the practice of thanksgiving? What does giving thanks point us to?
What characteristics of the Lord does the psalmist provide here? If this psalm were all that we had of the Bible, what would we know about the Lord?
Notice that many of the works of the Lord are described here in terms of personal experience. The Lord helped me… The Lord is my strength and my defense… Etc… What might this teach us about the practice of thanksgiving?
Read Psalm 9:1-20. What do verses 1-2 suggest that this psalm is about?
What does it mean to do this with “all my heart”? What does that phrase suggest about how we practice “giving thanks”?
What aspects of the Lord’s character are highlighted in this psalm?
In what ways have you experienced the Lord’s work in your life in these ways? How might you give thanks “with all your heart” for these things?
Today read Psalm 107:1-43. What call to action does verse 1 give? What similarities do you see here to the other psalms we’ve been reading this week?
According to verses 2-3, what are “the redeemed of the Lord” to be doing?
How might this be applicable to the “redeemed” who are living in our day? How might you be one who “tells their story”?
What kinds of stories do you see described in the verses of this psalm? In what kinds of circumstances has the Lord acted on behalf of the redeemed?
What are the ways in which the Lord has acted on their behalf? What are they called to do in response?
What does verse 43 say that “one who is wise” should do? In what ways are you doing this in your own life? What difference might that make in your life if you did?
Read 1 Chronicles 16:1-36. What is the setting for the song of praise that is described in this chapter? What are David and his men doing here? Why might this be a time for celebration?
What does this song of praise call upon the people to do? What does verse 8 say they should do? What does verse 12 say they should do?
What does verse 34 say they should do? How is this call similar to those in the psalms we have read this week? Why are people to “give thanks”?
How is the Lord described in this song of praise? Which of His attributes does this song of praise declare?
If you were to compose a similar song of praise about your own life, what things would you include? What aspects of the Lord’s character and action in your life would you focus on?
Read Psalm 106:1-48. Though you’re probably picking up on the theme for this week by now, how does verse 1 set up the key focus of this psalm?
As you read through this psalm you probably noticed that it highlights many of the shortcomings of God’s people. And yet, how do words like “yet” and “but” set the actions of God in contrast to the actions of His people?
What does this reveal about the love of the Lord that endures forever?
How might this shape how you give thanks in your own life? For what things might you give thanks that highlight God’s faithfulness in the face of your own unfaithfulness?