Give Thanks to the Lord
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
(Psalm 138 ESV)
There is an interesting story behind me posting this psalm. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord brings His word to our attention and teaches us through it? Isn’t His timing always perfect? It frustrates me endlessly how often I turn to His word and read through it habitually but without really taking it in and meditating upon it. And yet, there are other times when I open His word and am so convicted, so challenged, so filled with love for Him that words simply cannot express it – those times and the way His word calls forth prayer from deep within me amaze me .
The other evening, I just did not feel like reading my normal Bible reading (I am currently going through Romans) as my heart was suddenly overcome with thankfulness towards the Lord and the ways I can see Him working in my life at the moment. So I thought I would turn to a psalm instead – and of all the ones I turned to, it was this one titled “Give thanks to the Lord”. What an amazing psalm it is and how it was my prayer last night!!! So often I focus upon my sin and forget to thank the Lord for what He has done and what He is doing – thank you Father!!!
Sorry that this was such a rambling post, not even to do with Christmas, but I was just so overcome with the Lord’s faithfulness to me that I felt I had to share this with you. My prayer is that you and I would both keep searching the scriptures, even on days when it is the last thing we feel like doing as it is amazing how the Lord uses even our reluctance to turn us closer to Him. To God be the glory this Christmas and always!