Mark D. Roberts

Mark D. Roberts

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving


I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
     and call on the name of the LORD.

Psalm 116 celebrates God’s goodness. The psalmist has experienced God’s
grace in manifold expressions. God has heard his prayers (116:1). God
delivered him from death (116:3-6), guided his steps (116:8-9), and
freed him from chains (116:16). Therefore, the psalmist loves the Lord
and offers him praise (116:1, 19). Moreover, he proclaims to God: “I
will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the
Lord” (116:17).


the sacrifices of the Old Testament were offerings that were given when
people wanted to thank God in a special way. These “thank offerings”
were among the “peace offerings” that were presented to the Lord and
then eaten by the people in celebration (Lev. 7:15). The writer of
Psalm 116 may very well have had such an offering in mind when he spoke
of offering “a sacrifice of thanksgiving” to the Lord (116:17).

we don’t offer the kind of thank offerings specified in the Old
Testament law. Sometimes we do make special gifts to our church or a
Christian ministry as a way of saying “thank you” to God. But our
“sacrifice of thanksgiving” tends to be more in words and songs as we
lift up our voices to express our gratitude to God.


Yet, the
more we grow in our experience of God’s grace, the more we discover
that thanksgiving isn’t simply something we say to God, but a way of
living each day. Our “thank offerings” take the form of faithfulness as
we seek to honor the Lord in all that we do. We learn to savor the
goodness of each day, offering ourselves as living sacrifices, living
“thank offerings” to our gracious God.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you offer thanks to God? What might it mean for you to live thankfully each day?

O Lord, you have been so good to me. Too often I take your grace for
granted. But today I’m reminded by Psalm 116 of the manifold ways you
have blessed me. Indeed, you have heard my prayers. You have delivered
me from “deathly” living, guided my steps, and freed me from the chains
of my sin. Therefore, today I offer you a “sacrifice of thanksgiving”
as I call upon your name. Thank you, dear Lord, for all the ways you
have blessed me.


May I live today with a persistent sense of
gratitude. May I be open to your gifts, your presence. May I see your
goodness and give you the credit you deserve. May I thank you, not only
in words, but in how I live all day long.

All praise and thanks be to you, O God. Hallelujah! Amen.


high-calling-screenshot-4.jpgWould you like to receive a Daily Reflection like this one in your email inbox each morning? 
Here’s how . . . .
This devotional comes from The High Calling of Our Daily Work (, a wonderful website about work and God. You can read my Daily Reflections there, or sign up to have them sent to your email inbox each day. This website contains lots of encouragement for people who are trying to live out their faith in the workplace.

Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Mark D. Roberts. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Red Letters with Tom Davis Recent prayer post on Prayables Most Recent Inspiration ...

posted 2:09:11pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand ...

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that ...

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.