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July 7 - Giving Thanks Forever (Psalm 30)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Levi Regalado will begin teaching a class called Challenging Questions Christians Face. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
You Alone Can Rescue
All I Have Is Christ

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Khmer of Cambodia.

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cry,
    and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
“What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Summary

Gratitude and thanksgiving are true marks of the Christian. Learning how to express thanks is something we teach our children early on. The psalms of thanksgiving can help us in this pursuit of gratitude. Psalms of thanksgiving are different from the psalms of praise in that they not only acknowledge God's power and character but also explicity express gratitude to God for his deliverance, rescue and help. These psalms have a pattern to them: 1) the psalmist declares praise to God for his deliverance, help or aid, 2) he looks back on past trouble or trials and how they called on God for help and 3) he concludes with a return, a promise to give thanks. While many of these psalms are made by individuals, they are declared in the sanctuary among the people of God gathered together so that all can give thanks to God for his mercy not unlike our testimonies of today. 

Review and Apply

Do you consider yourself a grateful person?  What evidence bears this up?

Over the past few years, how has God helped you in life?

What value is gained by giving thanks publicly with other members of your church?

How do the contrasts of 30:5 help orient us in times of trouble?

How did God use trouble to lead to worship in 30:6-7? How had God done this in your life?

For what can you give thanks to God now among your care group?