A Reasoned Thanks

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 NRSV

MP900341393[1] Sometimes it seems like the psalmist breaks out into random acts of praise. In the midst of his tears and pleas to God he just breaks into song. Why is that?

I don’t think it is because he has trouble focusing, and keeping his mind on one thing. Neither do I think it is because he is unstable or unpredictable.

His random acts of thanksgiving tell me that, even in the darkest days, wise people respond to the love of God at work in their lives! They take an honest and sobering look at their situation, and they take a honest look at their God. Then they realize that no matter how big their challenges are, their God is bigger. They see the inescapable truth that God is great and greatly to be praised!

What the psalmist sees in his darkest hour is God, who judges with righteousness, and hears the cry of the afflicted. He see God who remembers the needy and gives hope to the poor. He sees the hand of God lifting him up and sustaining him. In the face of such great love and power, giving thanks and praise is the only response that makes sense.

You and I can see what the psalmist saw if we are willing to look, not just at our problems, but at our God, who holds our lives in the palm of his loving hand. When we keep God at the center of our vision, we will want to give thanks too. In fact, giving thanks will be our only reasonable response!

So let’s be reasonable. Let’s respond with joyful hearts, and give our thanks to God!


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