Sunday: Psalm 92-93; Numbers 21.21-35; Hebrews 10.1-10

From: Cambria Bold

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord."

So begins Psalm 92, and so begins my meditation on (yes) the first line of the first Scripture among today's readings. (Sometimes it happens that way!) When I opened to the Psalms this week, this verse struck me like a great big gong in my chest. "It is good to give thanks to the Lord." I said it out loud. "It is good to give thanks to the Lord." The reverberations continued. "It is good to give thanks to the Lord."

It's not like I haven't heard this before. I certainly have, as have you if you listen to the liturgy of The Holy Eucharist every week: "It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth." That line goes by quickly during the service, in part because it has such an easy cadence. The words practically fall off the tongue.

I always thought I had this directive sewn up, as it were, so it was with some surprise that this verse revealed itself to me—in all its simple, serious, and steadfast truth—in a new way this week. "It is good to give thanks to the Lord." When I feel loved and able-bodied and full of life, it is good to give thanks to the Lord. When I'm sick and heartbroken, it is good to give thanks to the Lord. When I fear the unknowable future, it is good to give thanks to the Lord. When I'm angry on behalf of a loved one, it is good to give thanks to the Lord. It is a good thing, always and everywhere, to "declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night" (Psalm 92.2). 

Why? Why is it good to give thanks to the Lord? I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Frederick Buechner: "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."

Life itself is grace, so it is good to give thanks to the Lord.

I'm a singer, songwriter, and former design editor. Now I spend my days reading books to and building forts with my 2-year-old.