1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.- ESV
Has there ever been a moment in your life where you are questioning events in your life. Your outlook now seems hard to you as you wake up in the morning. You wonder, “Is God really involved in your life?” Does he feel distant. There is a simple solution that we can turn to in those times in our lives. This turning is found in the first few verses of Psalm 9. The writer is encouraging us when we find time is our lives when everything seems to be crashing in, we are to turn and give thanks.
Not only are we to give thanks, but this giving is an all-in statement. Giving with our whole heart.
When we turn to giving thanks, our focus is taken off the situation we find ourselves in and we turn to God. This turning is an act of our will. We could stay focused on the situation, but we must turn to rejoicing.
This turning, the act of our will, is done when we begin to remember the many times God has worked in our lives. We recount the times in the past and we hold onto that fact that He is a faithful God that will continue his wonderful deeds in our lives.
So, if you find yourself today, struggling, turn to God, give thanks to Him, be glad in Him. The troubles will not disappear, but how you see them will. Continue to read the rest of Psalm 9. Things looked weary for the Psalmist, but in all that was going on, He first turned to God and gave thanks and praised His name.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 9-10