Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 9:1
“I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.” – Psalm 9:1
Today is Thanksgiving. History.com gives us a brief synopsis of the beginning of this holiday. “Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 occurs on Thursday, November 26. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”
They had much to celebrate what with the colonies landing safely on this new continent as well as fellowshipping with a Native American tribe, sharing their thanks for the autumn harvest. And I do not wish to minimize this, However, when we look in Psalm 9, we see so much more we can be thankful for. We see in our focus verse that David was extremely thankful for all that God has done. This is noted by the phrase “with all my heart”. He is saying that he is thankful with everything he has. Not with divided affection or with partial gratitude. What is meant is that with everything he is and with all that he has, he will be thankful to God. Then he says, “I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:2. And not only will he give thanks, but he will exalt and express joy regarding the Lord. The Lord brought him great joy which he expressed here.
Then He lays out some of the attributes of God that have been displayed that he rejoices and exults in. “But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment, And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity. The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:7-10. Notice these wonderful attributes. He abides forever, He executes judgement with fairness and equity. He is a stronghold to the oppressed, and in times of trouble. We can trust Him in all things, and He will never forsake those who seek Him.
In other places, the same declaration of praise to God is found. “Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.” Psalm 111:1. And, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;” Ephesians 5:20. He was filled with gratitude for all that God is, what He is doing, and His love and mercy toward him.
Let us take time to look back and see all that God has done for us; how He has saved us from the penalty of our sins. How He has protected us through troubling times, has supplied our every need, and fulfilled every promise He has made to us. No matter our need, He is there to meet it. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. Let each of us take time on this Thanksgiving in giving thanks for everything He has done for us. For we have so much to be thankful for in all He has done, and the love He shows us.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and I pray it will be a wonderful blessing to everyone. God blesses us with blessings all the time, and sometimes we do not see it that way. However, remember these words which are so beautiful in what they express. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.