Thursday, July 22, 2010

Praise of Thanksgiving - July 22, 2010

Psalm 116 (New International Version)
1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came upon me;
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD :
"O LORD, save me!"

5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.

6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need, he saved me.

7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the LORD has been good to you.

8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,

9 that I may walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.

10 I believed; therefore I said,
"I am greatly afflicted."

11 And in my dismay I said,
"All men are liars."

12 How can I repay the LORD
for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.

14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.

16 O LORD, truly I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant;
you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the LORD.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the LORD—
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD.

By now you have an understanding of how to proceed through your struggles and challenges through giving God the glory and praise before and duting the "battle". Now we have to be sure to offer up a praise of thanksgiving, once He has taken us through and helped us to overcome our difficulties.

When you commit your life to giving God more glory, it may seem to be a daunting task until we learn how to seek the Holy Spirit as we offer up our praises. Meditating and verbalizing the Psalms is a great way of offering up your your praise and thanks to God. The psalm above is a great one for that. Here is someone who has been rescued by God through a situation where he was near to death, and the psalmist lifts this "song(psalm) of praise" for what God has done for Him:

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

You can hear the excitment, thankfulness and love for God that this man has as he offers up these words. As we read further the man recommits himself to God's service in thanksgiving for what has been done for him by the Lord.

In the same way, we need to remember to offer up our thanksgiving once our ordeal is over. Start by reading the words given to us by God himself, through the inspiration of His servants found in these psalms. If He has "heard your cry for mercy" and helped to rescue you, be sure to give Him the glory, and offer up your praise.

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