As Thanksgiving Day approaches in the USA (November 27 this year), I want to focus more on Praise and Thanksgiving for my many blessings, and to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. As an aid in that regard I am using The Preces Privatae of Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626). Andrewes uses verses from the Psalms to weave a tapestry of prayer. I have used the NIV version of the Psalms. Using such expressions of praise and thanksgiving, hallowed by generations of faithful people, will reinforce in us an awareness of the greatness of God and his grace.
I will exalt you, my God, the King,
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
And extol your name for ever and ever:
Today I will praise you,
Yes, O Lord, both today and all the days of my life. (Ps.145:1,2)
You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
You are my God, and I will exalt you. (Ps.118:28)
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
As I rejoice in the Lord. (Ps.104:33,34)
I will extol the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips. (Ps.34:1)
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
In the council of the upright and in the assembly. (Ps.111:1)
Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your renown, O Lord, through all generations. (Ps.135:13)
Let the name of the Lord be praised
Both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
The name of the Lord is to be praised. (Ps.113:2,3)
Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
Or fully declare his praise?
Were I to count them,
They would number the grains of sand. (Ps.139:18)
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
May the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel:
Let all the people say, “Amen!”