Thanks Giving even in Grief

Scripture: Psalm 69

Here are the different parts of the Psalm:

Prayer to God

Complaint to God

Affirmation of trust in God

Plea for God’s help

Assurance that God hears me

Response to God’s grace


Use these items to express your pain, or grief in your own prayer to God.

This psalm of lament and grief can be a model prayer and provides a format for you to express your own personal grief, sorrow, and disappointments to God. You can write your own prayer to God telling Him all of your troubles, and then acknowledging His faithful promises to carry you, to forgive you, to provide for you, to restore you, to strengthen and encourage you.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

It can be humbling to admit we can’t handle it all. But your loving heavenly Father invites you to hand your worries over to Him because He loves you and cares for you. He promises to never leave you for forsake you. Even if it seems like everyone else has.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus called His followers to stop trying to carry around all their sorrows, hurts, and problems themselves. Stop trying to please or satisfy God by your own attempts at holding it all together. Or you own good works. By God’s grace, you can be forgiven and made right with God through Jesus’ death on the cross. You can have new life in Him when you trust in Him alone for your salvation. Give your burdens to Him and trust Him to heal and restore you.

How can we be thankful when it seems like there are more problems than blessings? By recognizing God’s faithfulness, healing, and sustaining power that can see us through our hardest seasons of life. God wants us to grieve and cry but not alone. Bring it all to your Father in heaven.