Give Thanks. No Words Needed.

Heartfelt thanksgiving is first expressed in our posture. The Hebrew word for “give thanks” in Psalm 107:1 and verses 8, 14, 21, and 31 describes hands completely extended and hands open. Think about what happens naturally with your arms and body when you see a dearly loved family member or friend after a long separation. Or consider the posture small children take when they want to be in their parent’s arms. The feeling is expressed fully by the body posture.

יָדָה yâdâh, yaw-daw’; a primitive root; literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands). [from the Blue Letter Bible]

God wants to hear our voice and our words, but more important to Him is the thanksgiving that comes straight from our hearts. The heart of worship, the heart of His child fully yielded and vulnerably open needs no words.

Heavenly Father,  Thank You for understanding when my gratitude has no words. Thank You for doing for me what I could not and cannot do for myself. Create in me a heart fully yielded and vulnerable to You.