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All Thy Works Shall Give Thanks to Thee

July 26, 2019


All Thy Works Shall Give Thanks to Thee

It’s a familiar sight.      A child calls out, “Look at me!     Look at me!”  as he performs a new feat.      We all joyfully clap our hands  in approval.      And then,  we see an older adult proudly proclaiming,  “Look at all I’ve accomplished  and how successful I am.     I’ve done this all by myself!     It’s been a long,  tough haul,  but I finally got it done.”      We can recognize  all the efforts put forth,  but something is missing.      What is amiss?

What is missing is expressed  by King David.     David shows what we should rightly be proclaiming  every single time  accomplishments take place  in our lives.      In Psalm 145:8-13,  we read,

The LORD is gracious  and merciful;
Slow to anger  and great in lovingkindness.
The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies  are over all His works.
All Thy works  shall give thanks  to Thee,  O LORD,
And Thy godly ones  shall bless Thee.
They shall speak  of the glory  of Thy kingdom,
And talk  of Thy power;
To make known  to the sons of men  Thy mighty acts,
And the glory  of the majesty  of Thy kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Thy dominion  endures throughout all generations.

What the world misses  in all their accomplishments  is pointed out by David.     The world aggrandizes  and exults its own self — totally forgetting  that it is only God’s grace and mercy  that allowed the blessings  in their lives.

God knows how our sinful natures are so self-centered.     Because of our weaknesses,  He is,  “Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.”      Since the beginning of creation,  our LORD has been patient  with all of our weaknesses.      Even when we blindly keep on sinning,  “The LORD is good to all.”      So,  all around us  we see people  pointing  to their own greatness  and claiming it  all for themselves.      They simply forget  that none of us would have anything,  if it weren’t for the LORD’s  merciful blessings.

David points out a very important truth  that we need  to think about  in our life.      He says,  “And Thy godly ones shall bless Thee.”      Oh, oh!      The godly people will bless the LORD  for all His mercies — not the ungodly,  but the godly.      Then,  a number of questions beg for an answer.

Are we blessing the LORD  for all that He has done  for all people down through the ages?      Do we speak  of the glory  of God’s kingdom  and talk of His power?      Do we make known to everyone  GOD’s almighty acts?      Do we tell people  of the majesty  of the LORD’s eternal kingdom  and His eternal dominion over all?      Do we point people to God only — and not ourselves?

As we think about how patient  and forbearing  God is with us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  forgive us where we fail to point out  that it is only Your mercy  and power  that sustains and blesses us.      We can do absolutely nothing by ourselves,  because even our very breath  is granted only by Your mercies.      Open up our souls,  hearts,  minds,  and voices  to always give all thanks  to You alone.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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