Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip… Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me! It is an incredible blessing to call out to God and to be heard by Him in prayer. Sometimes, although we know that God’s love is steadfast and faithful, we may not feel it. Calling out to God does not always come easy, so what can we do when we get off track with Him? Go ahead and tell God the trouble you face. David did, and as he did he remembered God’s past faithfulness, thought about why God is bless-worthy, and this lead to praising Him.
When we choose to be thankful for what God has most recently done for us or given to us, (how He has blessed us) somehow our feelings change – even if our situation does not, and we line up with the reality that God is near and He has not rejected us. Praise Him for one thing, then another. Don’t let pride, pity, or any other ungodly act or feeling keep you off track, but take it to God. Near Him is the place where concerns and fears disappear, and goodness, acceptance and abiding peace remain.
David was not always on a mountaintop with a choir surrounding him, but like us, he was at times in the pit of despair. Why didn’t despair win and hold him? David chose thankfulness. Gratitude opens the door to closeness with God. I pray that as God’s children, we would be thankful kids. And from our core, we would let the sound of His praise be heard. Amen.