We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds. Psalm 75:1 ESV
Psalm 75 and 76 are both psalms that praise and give thanks to God for both his character and his powerful and wonderful ways. They are reminders to me of how important it is to both thank God for His deeds and to recount them to remind myself of how great He truly is. Throughout the psalms, psalmists often tell of God’s mighty work in their lives and of how He established them and defeated opposition. In times of struggle and suffering, setting my eyes upon the Lord’s works in my life can give me a correct perspective on my life and a heart that is closer to God’s own.
Glorious are you, more majestic than the mountains of prey. The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands. At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned. Psalm 76:4-6 ESV
The psalmist declares God’s power and sovereignty over all the events in his life. There is none who can stand against the Lord and all who try are surely defeated. While there are often many opportunities to tell or sing of God’s overarching works and power, I sometimes overlook reflecting on His power in my own life. Psalms were sometimes very personal to the writer and reflected the Lord’s work in their own lives. One step I can take towards strengthening my faith and drawing closer to God is to praise Him for all that He has done for me and how far His has brought me, through both the easy times and the hard ones.
Dear God, thank You for all that You have done in my life. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins so that I can draw near to You. Please give me a thankful heart that looks for all the good things You have done for me. In Your Holy Name, Amen.