12/06/Su – Thanksgiving and Praise

1 Kings 21:1-29; Acts 13:16-25; Psalm 138:1-6; Proverbs 29:9-11

Psalms: “I will give you thanks with all my heart; I will sing your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. You have exalted your name and your promise above everything else. On the day I called, you answered me; you increased strength within me. All the kings on earth will give you thanks, Lord, when they hear what you have promised. They will sing of the Lord’s ways, for the Lord’s glory is great. Though the Lord is exalted, he takes note of the humble; but he knows the haughty from a distance.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭138:1-6‬ ‭CSB)

This is a psalm of David where he gives thanks and praise for the Lord’s faithfulness to His word of promise. The Hebrew word translated here as ‘heavenly beings’ is the word elohiym (gods) and is most likely referring to the gods of the nations. David wrote, “I will yadah (release praise, thanks, and celebration) with all of my heart.” He was not willing to half-heartedly thank and praise the Lord… he wasn’t going to “mail in” some cursory words of gratitude… he was not going to attribute his blessing and success to any other name but the name of the Lord. Then David wrote, “I will let all the gods of the nations watch and look at me zamar (sing, make music, dance) my praise to You and boast of Your unfailing faithfulness.” Finally, David wrote, “I will shachah (lay prostrate, bring myself low to honor and lift you up) before Your sanctuary… Your dwelling place… Your presence and yadah Your name.” David was not describing a subdued and hushed time of contemplative worship. Every ounce of David’s being (body, soul, mind, and voice)… all that he could physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually give was engaged in thanking the Lord and praising His name. Why? Because the God of all gods, the Creator of the universe had taken note of David, heard him when he called out, and was faithful to His word of promise in a way that was abundantly above anything David could have expected or imagined. The Lord is like that for people who will humble themselves and place their faith in Him. But those who haughtily keep Him at a distance, He will keep at a distance. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Because of David’s faith and humility, God proved Himself faithful… which led David to all the more humble himself before the Lord and boast on the Lord’s goodness. That is how a man after God’s heart behaves. That is the kind of man God is looking for to bless and use powerfully in the world. That is the kind of man I desire to be.

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