In Psalm 69:30-31, David states, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves.” (NKJV). This is a remarkable statement that will be underappreciated unless you read verse 29. There, David shares that he is afflicted and in pain. The attitude of thanksgiving and praise is present despite the presence of pain and affliction.
What a powerful lesson for us. We should exalt the name of the Lord and shine a spotlight on Him, even when life hurts. Even when life is not good for us, God is still good to us. He continues to be worthy of thanksgiving, no matter the trials. You may have faced the loss of loved ones, unemployment, sickness, or a variety of other challenges. Yet God is able to deliver you out of your grief, pain, and sorrow. He will set you securely on a high place.
We are then reminded that the thing that pleases the Lord is not our offering of things to Him. It is the offering of ourselves to Him. He desires our praise because He deserves our praise. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, make a commitment to consistently and continually have a heart of gratitude. While things in your life may be difficult and pain abounds, thank God. Praise Him at all times. Don’t allow life’s circumstances, the testing of Satan or the hatred of men to silence you. Join David in proclaiming, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving”
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