Psalm 21 is another psalm of thanksgiving, with David expressing his gratitude to God for the works He had done on David’s behalf. He praises God for his faithfulness in answering David’s prayers and for His mighty strength in giving David success over his enemies.
I love the ending in verse 13: Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
What role does thankfulness play in your own prayer life? If you were to write your own song of thanksgiving to God, what would you include? How have you seen God move on your behalf? What things in your life do recognize as coming directly from your heavenly Father?
James 1:17 tells us Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV) Every single good thing in my life and in yours is given to us directly as a gift from our Father. All of them – from the fact that I woke up this morning, to the roof over my head, to the food in my stomach. It all comes from Him. And my response should be gratefulness, but I have to admit that I’ve become used to so many of God’s gifts that I have come to expect them as opposed to expressing gratitude for the fact that I have them.
So, I’m challenging myself this week to express gratitude to God for all that He has given me and done for me. Before I ask for a single thing or complain about anything to Him, I will first express my gratitude. Colossians 3:16 is a great verse that speaks to this very thing: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (NIV) I hope you will join me!
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