Psalm 86:12 “I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”
When someone stole an expensive part off of our car recently. I was not feeling very thankful. I felt angry, betrayed, annoyed, and personally offended. How dare they! They took it while it was parked at church for several hours. I did not want to be thankful about life. I wanted to pout, stew, and complain over this trying circumstance (not quite a trial in my book, but definitely a complication!)
Then I sat down to write. I had already decided to write about Psalm 86:12 ESV. “I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”
Ouch. It’s easy for us to give thanks in those peaceful times, when all our relationships are just lovely, when the bank account is full, when exciting times are on the horizon. But what about when life isn’t how we thought it would be, when we are heartbroken over a friend or family member, or our calendar overflows with difficult appointments. Do we give thanks then?
Yes! God wants us to give thanks with all of our hearts, as He wants our whole heart. It hurts our relationship with God when we wall off a portion of our hearts to Him. Some hide a sin they don’t want to quit; others harbor sin against them they don’t want to forgive. This hurts our relationship with Him. And He sees what we try to hide, anyway.
With our whole heart today, let’s give thanks to our Lord, even in the problems, trials, and inconveniences of life.
Dear Lord, help us to praise You with all of our heart today! May we glorify Your name forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.