Give thanks to the Lord!

The aim of the devotional study is to reflect on the year (or recent season), recognize God’s goodness and render him the thanks and praise due to him.


Psalm 100:1-5

1  Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!

2  Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

3  Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4  Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5  For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.


Note the outline: A call to worship (verse 1-2) | Worship God for Who He is (verse 3) | A call to worship (verse 4) | Worship God for what He is like (verse 5)

  1. What is the mood of the psalmist? (note the adverbs or descriptive words in verses 1 and 2)
  2. What is the key theme or call of this Psalm? (verse 4)
  3. To whom does this call go out? (verse 1)
    • Why could this universal invitation be considered strange?
    • Why does the Psalmist think it is appropriate that this call to thanksgiving and praise is appropriate for “all the earth”? (hint: consider verse 3)
    • Considering the pastoral parable in verse 3, for what would “all the earth” give thanks to God? (hint: what does a shepherd do for sheep? compare Psalm 23)
  4. Can you identify seven ways given in this Psalm of how God should be worshipped?
  5. We should praise God for who he is:
    • Who does this Psalm say God is? (identify five… verses 1 and 3)
    • What does this Psalm say God’s character is like? (verse 5)

Personal Reflection

  1. Thanksgiving benefits the believer: how does the discipline of stopping to think of and thank God for what he has done impact a person?


  1. In which ways have you recently experienced the Good Shepherd’s
  • guidance,
  • protection, and
  • provision?
  1. Are there other ways in which you have experienced the Lord’s faithful, loving goodness during this year?
  2. Take time to respond with appropriate worship
    • joyful thanksgiving: declaring what God has done for you
    • prayer of praise: declaring who God is to you
    • worship God with other believers.


Worship 5 – make His praise glorious

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the splendor or Biblical Praise.


Psalms 66:1-20

1  Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! 2  Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.  3  Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. 4  All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah [i.e. pause and reflect]

5  Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.  6  He turned the sea into dry land; They went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him. 7  He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

8  Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, 9  Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved. 10  For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11  You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. 12  You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

13  I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, 14  Which my lips have uttered And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble. 15  I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, With the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah

16  Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. 17  I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. 18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. 19  But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20  Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!


  1. Summarise the Psalmist message in the following sections:
    1. Verses 1-4
    2. Verses 5-7
    3. Verses 8-12
    4. Verses 13-15
    5. Verses 16-20
  2. In each of the 5 sections above, list what God is praised for.
  3. In each of the 5 sections above, list how God is praised.

Application and Reflection

  1. The Psalmist exhorts the hearers to “Make His praise glorious.” How does one “make Hos praise glorious?” – what can you learn from this Psalm in this regard?  [don’t rush over this]
  2. One key themes for which the Psalmist praises God is for faithful protection and preservation. Follow the example above:
    1. Direct praise as in this Psalm: In personal praise to God “make His praise glorious!”
    2. Indirect praise as in this Psalm: In retelling the events in your life where God has shown Himself faithful and great “make His praise glorious!”

Worship 4 – overflow of a thankful heart

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on worship as a natural response to a thankful heart.


Psalms 40:1-3 (A song of David)

1  I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

3  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.


  1. Read the Psalm slowly and picture everything you read.
  2. A helpful way to study a text is to look at the verbs and who does the work:
    1. Who is mentioned in this text? (hint: verse 1a, verse 1b, verse 3b)
    2. Who does what? In other words, list all the verbs (action words/phrases) for each of the parties mentioned.
  3. What emotional shift did David move from before and after God’s intervention?
  4. What is the end result of God’s saving intervention for David?
  5. What is the result of God’s saving intervention in David’s life in other people’s lives?

Application and Prayer

Reflect on times in your life when God really intervened in your life for the good

  1. Tell God those stories (note these accounts in your notebook as you go along).
  2. Thank God for where you are today because of his saving intervention in these events (consider where you would have been with God’s intervention).
  3. Now praise God as David did: “he turned to me and heard me; He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.)

Praise him for being the God who sees, the God who hears, the God who saved, the God who strengthens, the God of hope.  Give God his praise!

  1. With whom can you share one or two of these testimonies that they may recognize how big God is and put their trust in him as you do? Make that appointment now to share your “song of praise”!

Worship 3 – key to the presence of God

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on and practice the presence of God.


Psalms 22:1-3

1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2  O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3  Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.


  1. In your own words describe the emotional state of the Psalmist at the beginning of this Psalm.
  2. Record the thought flow of the Psalmist through these three verses.
  3. What truth does the author want to convey about God’s relationship with mankind in the third verse?
  4. What does this Psalm teach us about the key to experiencing God’s presence?

Application and Prayer

Psalms 100:4  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

Shut down everything that distracts; even close your eyes if you need to.  Start thanking God for all the good things in your life, and for all the times He has intervened in your life in the past – be specific.  Then praise God for his great works, for his power and his character.  Devote the rest of your quite time to keep on praising God – even recall his Names by which he has revealed himself. Enjoy your time with God.  (Record what God reveals to you and respond as His Spirit leads).


Worship – 2 why to praise the Lord

The Aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the motive study the motivation for praising the Lord.


Psalms 150:1-6

1  Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!

2  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3  Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4  Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5  Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

Observation and Reflection

  1. In your own words rephrase what does this Psalm teach the hearer/ reader?
  2. Now, answer these questions about the appeal to “Praise the Lord”!
    1. Where ought one to “Praise the Lord”? (v1) What does that imply?
    2. For what ought one to “Praise the Lord”? (v2) What does that imply?
    3. How ought one to “Praise the Lord”? (v3-5) What does that imply?
    4. Who ought to “Praise the Lord”? (v6) What does that imply?

Application and Prayer

  1. As in the Psalm, praise the Lord “for his mighty deeds”
    1. By reciting the amazing works the Lord has done in the past for Israel
    2. By recalling the good things the Lord has done for you in the past
  2. As in the Psalm, praise the Lord “for his excellent greatness”
    1. By reciting his attributes: God is holy, all-mighty, all-knowing, everywhere, ever-living, unchanging…
    2. By worshipping his characteristics: God is righteous, faithful, truthful, merciful, kind…

Prayer 2 – God’s Person as Prayer’s Foundation

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the Person of God as a foundation for all faith filled effective prayer.


Psalm 145: 1-21

  1. I will extol You, O God, My King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
  2. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
  3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.
  4. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
  5. I will meditate on the glorious splendour of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.
  6. Men shall speak on the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.
  7. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.
  8. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.
  9. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
  10. All your works shall praise You, O Lord, and your saints shall bless You.
  11. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power,
  12. To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His Kingdom
  13. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
  14. The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.
  15. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.
  16. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  17. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
  18. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in truth.
  19. He will fulfil the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
  20. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
  21. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

Observations and Reflections

David communicates with God in this Psalm about His greatness in various ways. Notice how he stresses the fact that prayer and praise is a deliberate and ongoing action, something to be done with your voice primarily!

  1. List the things that the author does or promises to do concerning God. [hint verses 1,2,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,21]
  2. List the things that the author contributes to God. (Take one verse at a time. For example: Verse 1 God is King, Verse 3, God is great etc.)

Personal reflection & Prayer

  1. Consider your own praise life.
    1. Direct Praise: When and how do spend time actively praising God for who He is?
    2. Indirect Praise: When and how do you purposely tell other people about what He does for you and for others?
  2. If you set your heart and mind to do this daily, how do you think it will affect your prayer life?
  3. Read this Psalm 145 as a personalized prayer of praise to God.  Take you time and insert personal examples from your own life.
  4. Choose two other Psalms that you can do this with during the rest of the week to get you started. [Consider Psalm 92, Psalm 103, Psalm 144, etc]

Salvation 10

The Aim of this short devotional study is to discover the extent of God’s salvation to one who cries out to Him.


Psalms 40:1-3

1  I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

2  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

3  He has put a new song in my mouth– Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.


Slowly read these three verses and answer the questions:

  1. When you read “horrible pit… miry clay” what do you think / feel? What is David trying to relay with these words?
  2. What did David do for God to rescue / save him?
  3. What was the process of God’s full rescue / salvation of David?
  4. What was the result of God’s rescue / salvation of David to others?
  5. What was the natural result God’s rescue / salvation within David?


  1. Memorize this short text. (Pray it repeatedly until you know it)
  2. David’s rescue / salvation lead to praise of God which attracted people attention, worship and faith in God. What work which God has completed in your life which need to be published in a way to cause people to trust and worship God?


What situation in your life feels like you being stuck “in a horrible pit [of] miry clay”?  Cry out to God now – and persevere in it – waiting for his complete restoration.  He did it for David – he will do it for you.