I have been fascinated with Psalm 69 in the last few days, since I have been reading about a season in David’s life when he was at the “end of his rope.” He tells us that he is drowning in trouble, that the water is at his neck and soon it is going to cover his head. He is desperate and his troubles are not small, but things that we, even today, would not like to face. He is also without hope, but is still praying, determined to keep trusting the Lord.
He has found no comfort in people, he says in verse 20 “I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.” He feels alone, broken and helpless. In verse 22-28 he looks to what God will do to his enemies, and concludes in v29 “I am in pain and distress, may your salvation, O God, protect me.”
Then in verse 30, after he has spent so much time looking at his circumstances, crying out, being sorrowful in his heart, he suddenly says:
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.”
What struck me was that it is almost as if David paused to think about what to do; should he make a sacrifice? He is considering the most valuable of legal sacrifices, like we do, thinking that in this, we may turn the hand of God. David was thinking about what he would do in the meantime, while he waited for the Lord to rescue him. He then decides that he would make a point of 1)praising God and 2)being thankful because he knows that this pleases God more than sacrifices.
This really struck a cord with me as in the past month, as I have blogged and worked on a book, God has spoken to me often about our heart attitudes in times of trouble. What I have realized in the past weeks and what David does here, is that while we are in our difficult circumstances, the thing to do in the meantime, is to practice thanksgiving and praise God.
Thanksgiving acknowledges all that God has done for us, His current provision in our lives, His goodness and faithfulness to us in the past. As we have discussed, it is important that we have hearts that are thankful in all circumstances, hearts that regularly count our blessings.
Praise reminds us WHO it is that we are worshipping. As we remember the names of God that describe Him in scripture, we are reminded of His character, His Sovereignty, His All-Powerfulness, His All-Knowingness. Praise focuses our minds on how great our God is, not on how great our problems are.
And then, on first hand experience, I am beginning to believe that the supernatural power of God is released into our lives when we purposefully practice praise and thanksgiving, no matter what our circumstances. For I have experienced in my life that things have changed for better started, when I started praising and being thankful.
God moves on our behalf when we “praise His name and glorify Him with thankfulness.”
When I am at the end of my rope, the remedy for my heart is praise and thanksgiving. Praise God and be thankful.
- Overwhelmed – Praise God and be thankful
- Tired – Praise God and be thankful
- Depressed – Praise God and be thankful
- Sorrowful – Praise God and be thankful
- Exhausted – Praise God and be thankful
- Worried – Praise God and be thankful
In everything, no matter what you are facing, the remedy starts with: Praise God and be thankful.
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