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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, January 18, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name
   for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
   for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
   you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. (NRSV)

Reflection
Psalm 138 is a song of thanks and praise to God. In this psalm, David reminds us that giving thanks and praise should be an integral part of our ongoing relationship with God. Our praise matters because it is the only way we can bless the Lord. God does so much for us every second, minute, hour, and day that it’s impossible to repay the Lord in any way but with perpetual thanks and praise.

Despite our individual circumstances, we praise God. In the good and bad times, we thank God. For seeing us through yet another year, we praise God. For our health and strength, particularly in the midst of uncertainty during a global pandemic, we thank God.

We thank God for being our shield of protection, even when we are unaware of dangers around us. During these difficult and trying times, it is more important than ever that we as Christians pause to give God thanks and praise.

Prayer
Lord God, it is a blessing and an honor to give you thanks and praise. Help us to always show our gratitude for all that you do for us. We pray that you continue to keep us in your care and never forsake us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Written by Justin Epps, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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