Why We Give ThanksNovember 22, 2020
Why We Give Thanks
The hymnbook in the Bible is called the .
“If people find worship boring and irrelevant, it can only mean they have no sense of the presence of God in it. When we study the action of worship in Scripture and the testimony of church history, we discover a variety of human responses to the sense of the presence of God. Some people tremble in terror, falling with their face to the ground; others weep in mourning; some are exuberant in joy; still others are reduced to a pensive silence. Though the responses differ, one reaction we never find is boredom. It is impossible to be bored in the presence of God if you know that He is there.” -R. C. Sproul
Psalm 138 is a psalm of David giving thanks to God for His constant care. The thanksgiving and praise are from David, but others join in until all the kings of the earth are uniting with David in worship to Jehovah God. This psalm helps us 1) understand better what really happens when God answers prayer and 2) anticipate a future day when the Messiah will come.
1. Thank God for . (vv. 1-3)
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you can ask for anything you want, and it will be granted.”
There are two conditions to this promise:
The promise is only for those . . .
-Who abide in Him – who have a permanent union with Jesus.
-Who have Jesus’ words abiding in them – whose lives are controlled by the of God’s Word.
2. Thank God because of His . (vv. 4-6)
“God’s glory is the excellence, beauty, majesty, power, and perfection of His total being; the completeness, wholeness, and the utter desirability of God; the appeal, the fascinating power, He exerts over men.” -Bernard Ramm
It is the that gives purpose to the difficult things we go through.
This is a perfect time for us to focus on .
“When viewed from the perspective of eternity, the most critical need of this hour may well be that the church should be brought back from her long Babylonian captivity, and the name of God be glorified in her again as of old.” -A. W. Tozer
3. Thank God for is when we’re in trouble (vv. 7-8)
He cares for all those who trust Him.
The hope we have is because what concerns us most.
1 Peter 5:7
The God who created the universe and hung the stars in space, you!
Memory verse: “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.”
Read Psalm 138. According to verses 1-3, what motivated David to write this song to God?
David says he bows before the Lord in verse 2. What difference does posture make in worship?
Read Psalm 138. Whom did David want to join him in praise to God in verses 4 and 5?
How has God’s faithfulness to you given you courage and a sense of security?
Read Psalm 138. According to verses 4 and 5, what reason did David give others to worship the Lord?
Whom could you tell about God’s reliability and faithfulness this week?
Read Psalm 138. What testimony is given to God’s faithfulness in verses 6-8?
What do we learn about God from verse 6?
Read Psalm 138. How does the Lord demonstrate His care for those He loves in verse 7?
How does worship change us? How is the life of a worshipper different from a believer who does not regularly worship?
Read Psalm 138. What hope did David place in the Lord? See verse 8.
Why should we put our hope in the Lord?