“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2
God spoke of David as “a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22 So the question today is; “would God describe you or me as disciples who are after His own heart and who will do everything He wants us to do? This is my hope and prayer.
Here are a few questions to help us consider how our thinking compares with King David’s. Do you really give thanks to the Lord with all your heart? Have you ever even considered all of the wonderful deeds of God? Are you continually glad in the Lord? Do you rejoice in your heart to the Lord always? Do you sing out with joy in your heart the praises of the Lord Most High? And do you do all of this with all of your heart? Humbling, isn’t it?
Believe me I have not asked these questions to upset anyone. But rather if we truly want to be used by God in mighty ways, many of us need a wake up call – myself included. The day of the Lord is near and It’s time to get serious. It’s time to ask ourselves; “are you singing joyfully to the Lord with all your heart?” And why does God tell me to do so?
Paul gave similar directions when he said; “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 What does it mean to be watchful in our prayer? NAS translates “keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” Think about that. Meditate on it. Do you think God wants for us to be thankful for His benefit? No, our attitude of thanksgiving is for our benefit. When we make note of, and thank God for all that He is and all He has done, we are increasing our faith.
He wants us to strengthen the foundation of our belief system and reinforce it over and over. Repetition increases our faith and strengthens our firm foundation of spiritual truth. It reminds us of what we believe — and counters that which the god of this world would have us believe. Our culture continually fills our news and reporting with that which is contrary to God’s eternal Truth. What does God want you to do, and why? Put off the false teachings of the world and put on His eternal truth.
And view God in context. Consider His omniscience, His omnipotence, and His omnipresence. He speaks to us by His Spirit, through His Word, and through others. He wants us to see His mighty miracles that are everywhere, all around us.
Listen to this. Make a list of God’s wonderful truths, meditate day and night, memorize; consider His deeds, grace, miracles, prayers, answers, blessings, creations, friends, family, victories, and defeats. Continually thank God for it all and your beliefs will grow into miracle believing faith. Talk to God … and Listen! Be still and listen. The Lord is near. He is always with you wherever you go. He will never leave you or forsake you. And He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and who walk according to His purpose.
And then … “Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9
Do you rejoice in the Lord with all your heart? Do you sing wholeheartedly or is your mouth closed during church worship. You might say; “I can’t carry a tune” or “I have a voice like a foghorn.” Well, it’s the voice, and the tune that God gave you — and He said; “sing out with all your heart with thanksgiving.” Practice when you’re alone and in your personal prayer time, sing out loud with thanksgiving to God. Jesus will bless you greatly for it.
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust©2020