I give you thanks, O Lord

 
A psalm of King David.  Sometimes you just gotta give thanks to the Lord.  
 
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise – for all the things David got wrong in his life, this he always seemed to get right.  There is only one God to praise and worship.  David lived in a period in time and region of the world where people worshipped many different Gods many different ways.  It was one of their great temptations to go and worship the gods of their neighboring people.  But David loved the God of Israel with his whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and was not shy about declaring this truth before his neighbors or their gods.  

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.   It’s all about worship, and praising and thanking God through our worship.   We love Him because he first loved us.  He has been faithful all the way to joining us in our weakness, to give us His own footsteps to follow in, then allowing us to hang Him on a crucifix to suffer and to die for our own sins.  He forgave us before, during and after the cross, then sent his own Holy Spirit to work within us, walk with us, and advocate for us.  “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13 NLT.  What other name could be exalted above all others?
 
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. Have you had that day when you had nowhere to turn but to the name of Jesus Christ?   He answers.  “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Call on His name, you will not only be saved for eternity, you will be saved right where you are.  He will send his Holy Spirit, and His work within you will begin.  But understand this – God loves you just as you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay as you are. 
 
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.  David, of course, was only thinking of the Kings of the world when he lived.  Those guys probably had heard the word of the Lord directly from David.   But it’s also prophetic – we know every knee will bow down before His name.  Even in our age, when most of our leaders do everything they can to lead the people away from God to worship of the state which they create and control, they call on the name of the Lord at certain times.  When tragedies happen, or they want to rally public support, or are simply trying to win votes, they all give thanks to God.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.  The Lord has always been for the poor, the humble, the outcast.  Thank God for that!

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.  A very personal appeal to God.  We all walk in the midst of trouble in some way, somehow.  He never turns away from us, even though we turn from Him.  The world may be against us, He is always FOR us!!  He is the God who came to save, not condemn.  “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  His love endures forever.  He will not forsake the work of His hands!!
 
 


“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.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭138:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/psa.138.1-8.esv

 

 

John Lewis

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