Therefore, I Give Thanks
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. ~Psalm 18:49
Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we have everything to be thankful for. We have mistakenly said, “We have many things to be thankful for,” but in reality, we have everything to be thankful for. The superscription to Psalm 18 is: “The words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.” This psalm is taken from 2 Samuel 22. David testified of God’s work in his life and concluded this psalm with: “Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD.”
Let us be thankful that God is our refuge.
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” David began this psalm by saying, “I will love thee, O LORD.” David, for a good many years, was a fugitive on the run from King Saul. He lived in caves and the wilderness. In spite of hardships, he testified that the Lord was his hiding place and refuge from Saul. All the descriptions that he gave of God’s protection speak marvelously of how well-insulated and well-protected God keeps us from our enemies.
Let us be thankful that God hears our requests.
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” David spent many sleepless nights praying for deliverance. He looked back and was thankful that God had heard him. This Thanksgiving, let us be thankful that the Lord has heard all of our prayers and answered them according to His timing and how things should turn out best for us. We take for granted that the Lord never tires to hear from us when we ask Him to perform for us "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think."
Let us be thankful that God is righteous.
“The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.” David was thankful for the beauty of God’s holiness. The Lord always provides for us according to His righteousness. There is nothing shady, borderline, unethical, and dishonest in how God works. He always performs in a way that gives Him all the glory and causes us to remember that it is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed. With the merciful He shows Himself merciful, and with the upright He shows Himself upright. It is a reminder that we walk uprightly before Him at all times.
Let us be thankful that God makes us robust.
“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” David was able to run through a troop. He had light in darkness. He leaped over a wall. He had strength that could break a bow of steel. He was girded with strength for his battles. David was thankful for God’s power for his battles, for his journey, and for every victory. Even though he was outnumbered, he experienced God’s power in his life. He was thankful that God never failed or forsook him. More than once, God showed Himself strong in David’s life.
This morning, say like David, “Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD.” Write out everything that He has done for you, and give thanks with a grateful heart.
Have a grateful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Romans 11-13