Have you “performed your vows” today? I’m serious. Have you given your heart offering to God this morning? Did you catch my post yesterday on the “Heart-Changer”? I’m following that line of thinking today with another Psalm that preaches the same truth to me. When I’m struggling to drag my heart in line with His, I pull out Psalm 56 and it has wise counsel for me.
I’m challenged to get my heart in line by performing my vows.
What are my vows?
“I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.” (Psalm 56:12)
These “vows” are a voluntary expression of praise and gratitude given to God: thanksgiving. Wow. This is what my response is supposed to be in the face of all my fears and confusion . . . thankfulness.
When my heart is caving to despair, God’s Word counsels me to pause and give thanks!
Want to take a peek at these instructions with me? Maybe read through them two or three times to get the full impact . . .
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2–3)
How can we offer thanksgiving when we’re facing terrifying circumstances?
When a child is suffering in ICU?
When my mate rejects me?
When my world is colliding?
When I’m walking into the scary unknown?
The only way I can give thanks in times like that is by remembering Who I belong to, Who is committed to me, and putting my trust in His faithful character.
When I offer my “vows,” when I lift up praise and thanksgiving to God—I am demonstrating that I trust Him to “keep my feet from falling” (v.13), I trust His character and His ways—no matter what I’m facing. I am thanking Him for being my Deliverer and I am pressing into the path of faith He has carved out for me today—“walking before God in the light of life” (Psalm 56:13).
Chesterton promotes the idea that giving thanks is the most valuable activity we can be involved in:
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Chesterton claims that “thanks are the highest form of thought.” I agree with that, because thanksgiving is the response to God’s good character. Thanksgiving is the opposite of grumbling and complaining. Thanksgiving is the highest vow I can give.
Thanksgiving is the vow that demonstrates the wonder of our amazing God.
What can you put on the altar and give thanks for today?
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