Offer unto God a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalm 50:14 ).
Years ago, I sang this psalm in a choral setting. It was just after my grandmother had died. These words were my only prayer during those days, when in my grief, I stopped going to worship. I kept singing, though, even when it didn’t seem possible to give thanks. “Offer unto God a sacrifice of thanksgiving . . . ” It is not always easy to give thanks.
“. . . unto the Lord, unto the Lord.” I can still hear the choir singing those words in rich harmony. It comes to mind and evokes deeper faith, gratitude and peace. Now, I can see the blessing of God in giving me that comforting and challenging song to sing over and over throughout that season.
This message is an excerpt from the November 2012 issue of Café: “Being Thankful” by Joy McDonald Coltvet.