“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, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” (Psalm 138:1-3 ESV)
On a spring evening when I was eleven years old, I remember calling out to God, in my heart, during a prayer, that I wanted to commit my life to Him. I had believed with a child like innocence for as long as I could remember, but this was different. My silent prayer was answered by feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit for the first time. I felt wrapped in His love in a way that I could physically feel. It was very personal.
“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.” (Psalm 138:4-6 ESV)
I love corporate singing in church. The whole congregation gathering together to sing God’s praises. We all can testify to God’s faithfulness and the songwriters give us the voices to express it.
“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 138:7-8 ESV)
I go through trials from time to time like anything else, sometimes big things like death and other times small things like inconveniences to my schedule. But I wonder if one day I will know of the things that the Lord in His mercy spared me from? What things were intended to come my way but never did? Thinking about that prospect helps me focus on being thankful in the good and the bad.
Lord, during this week on our calendar when we celebrate Thanksgiving in our country, may we be truly thankful for all that You have done for us. May we be thankful for those things that help us build our testimony to your faithfulness, to those things that we consider blessings, but also for those things that You only knows about. You are the author and perfecter of our lives, so may we focus on that this year.