1I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
In the middle of times of great trouble, the psalmist pauses to reflect on and praise the Lord. This is not just a momentary pause, but a time of reflection with his whole heart. How often do we take the time to step back from our daily lives and praise the Lord from our whole heart?
It is true that we take time to praise God in our worship services, but what about times of personal praise in the quietness of our own home, or when riding in a car, or taking a walk? The Christian life is one of great joy, but how often do we rob ourselves of that joy by being so immersed in our own struggles that we do not meditate and reflect upon the marvelous works of God our Father?
The psalmist understood that joy does not come from us; true joy comes from God! It is as we reflect upon Him and His goodness to us that our hearts are filled with joy. Even Jesus Christ, when called "Good Master," proclaimed.
18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Jesus not only came to provide a way of salvation, He continually pointed us to God. He did not want men to focus on Him as a man, instead He encouraged the people to focus on God as the author and foundation of life, and as the only true, good, being.
Jesus was not good because He was a man; He was good because He was the God-man!
I encourage you today to set apart some time to focus on God. Here is a great verse to get you started.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
God Bless You,