Thanksgiving is recognizing what God has done. Will God continue to bless people who don’t give thanks? If he will, why should we bother to do so? Is there a reason? Pastor Luke teaches from Psalm 40:1–10 in “Gratitude,” part 5 of his 6-part series “Planted by Water (The Psalms).”
QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
OPEN 1. Do you have a supply of “thank you notes” in your house? What is
the best gift you’ve received? (Excluding “religious” answers.)
6. Historically, Protestants have seen obedience to God’s Law as an act of gratitude for what God has already done. (See, e.g., Q. 86 of the Heidelberg Catechism.) What support for that understanding do you find in this Psalm?
7. In light of question 6, why does the Psalmist say he will tell about God’s deliverance? Why not simply lead a life of obedience (v. 8) and let people connect the dots?
APPLY 8. What is an area in which you have trouble obeying God? How can you, like in vv. 6-8, recast that problem area so your obedience is a response to something God has already done for you?
9. How does your congregation provide opportunities for people to hear others telling “glad news of deliverance” (vv 9-10)? What are some examples you can remember hearing? What is something you could say from your own experience?