“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107.1
Modern psychologists have studied the effect on wellbeing of practising thankfulness. In one study, one group of students was assigned the task of recording three things they were thankful for at the end of each day for one month. The control group made no change to their daily routine. Each group answered the same questionnaire at the start and end of the month. The questionnaire revealed the happiness of the students and each group started with students of varying happiness levels. In the group who recorded their thankfulness, happiness levels increased by a noticeable amount. Unsurprisingly, the control group remained unchanged.
The Biblical writers understood the importance of giving thanks to the LORD many years before. The Psalmists didn’t just tell people to be thankful without giving reasons. In this one verse we have three reasons:
1. He is good
2. His love is faithful
3. His love is eternal
God proves these things throughout Scripture. In this Psalm alone we read of those who suffer hunger and thirst in the desert, those In the darkness and misery of prison, foolish rebels who are so troubled they can’t eat, and sailors who are tossed about on the chaotic sea. Each group cries out to the LORD in desperation and each time He “saved them in their distress”.
God proves himself again and again throughout the Scriptures. And those of us who follow and love him can reflect on all the occasions that he has saved us or simply reassured us of his love and presence.
Let’s give thanks to the LORD in all that we think, say and do this week.