“Praise the LORD, O my soul!”Psalm 103:22b
David’s “thanksgiving list” ends where it began. He started by talking to himself, summoning everything in him to thank his loving, faithful God (v. 1). Now, having called everything everywhere in the universe and beyond to join the everlasting song, he again addresses himself. He will not urge others to express gratitude to the great and gracious King without entering in himself.
By the end of November, America’s Thanksgiving celebration is receding in most folks’ “rear view mirrors,” while the marketers of Christmas merchandise shift into high gear the advertising blitz that started in October. Even today, 25 days before the Big Event, pressures of shopping, decoration, and hospitality may be souring your inner conversation, making you uptight or downcast.
When you find your thoughts rehearsing a script of anxiety or despair, it’s time to “talk back” to your soul. Challenge yourself to “put your hope in God.” Because of His mercy in Christ, you can affirm, “I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” [Dr. Dennis Johnson, Seminary professor, Escondido, CA]
Christ’s birth, which we will soon celebrate, gives us reason to keep Thanksgiving going: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)