Using thanksgiving to make scripture personal is an amazing way to increase our faith, and walk in close friendship with the Lord. Let’s take for example the 23rd Psalm and put an ‘I thank you in front of each phrase and then read it slowly and specifically to the Lord as he sits alongside us in our room.
I thank you Lord that you are my shepherd and that means I shall never be in want.
I thank you Lord that you lead me to lie down in green pastures where I can be at rest and nourished.
I thank you Lord that you lead me by still waters and refresh my soul.
I thank you Lord that you guide me in good and right paths, even for your own names’ sake.
I thank you that you walk with me through the dark valleys of life where there is death, that you are with me to strengthen me and keep me going, and I don’t need to be afraid.
I thank you that even in the presence of my enemies (great difficulties) you prepare a feast and provide for me.
I thank you have anointed my head with oil to refresh and cleanse and equip me.
I thank you that you bless me to overflowing.
I thank you that your goodness and mercy pursue me all the days of my life and
I thank you Lord that I am going to dwell with you in your presence now and through eternity.
This psalm just about covers all of life, and probably everyday we can draw on a different line of it depending on what is happening in that day. Try starting your day with “ Thank you Father that your goodness and mercy are going to pursue me today. (chase me down). A wonderful truth to dwell on as we face the day.
There are so many wonderful scriptures to speak out like this, you will have your own that are special to you. Putting our thanksgiving in front of these scriptures stops us from just quoting them to ourselves with hopeful hearts, and instead we find our faith is released as we speak them out with grateful thank to the Lord, and then our confidence in His wonderful love and care for us grows.