I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. (Psalm 9:1-2, 7-11 NIV)
There is a simple spiritual truth in this passage that ought to be remembered. Honoring the Lord ought to be where we place our focus and attention, while trusting and praising Him ought to be the goal of our lives.
The center of focus of a Christian’s life is never to be on himself. A believer in Christ — if he or she really believes — ought to be on responding to the Lord’s salvation, grace and mercy, with a deeply respectful, joyful and thankful heart. The believer who understands that it was Christ’s death on a cross that paid the penalty for his sin will never overlook the cost paid by our dear Savior. The believer who recognizes that Christ’s burial in a tomb is the burial of the old sinful nature to which we were once bound will never allow himself to be bound to that nature further. The believer who remembers the new life that Christ’s resurrection offers us will never use that life as a license to wallow in the same sinfulness that Christ died to conquer. The believer who responds in true faithful devotion and thankfulness to Christ will find that his focus of attention will be on bringing honor and praise to his Lord alone, not on what reward may be found for himself…either now or later.
The heart cleansed of sin will be a heart full of gratitude. The spirit renewed will be a fountain of praise. The life restored will be a spring flowing with thankfulness and joy. The believer who has met with the Lord, humbly bowing and repenting of his sin, should never fail to remember that he has been saved through grace…the marvelous, infinite, matchless grace of our loving Lord. It is that believer who will tell of the wonders of God, sing of His praise, speak of His majesty, and then stand in awe that the immortal, all-powerful God would share His eternal life of joy with him!
The message behind this simple truth is this: God is God, majestic and glorious on His own. Man is man, worth nothing within himself. Yet, to God man is worth every great and glorious thing that He is.
The question for today, then, is why is it so hard for man to say that God is worth the little that he is?
Have a wonderful day in His grace!