A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Reading through 1 Kings 11-13 has given me cause for deeper thought today. Reading over and over I hear God telling these men what great things He is going to do for them. He’s making them Kings, securing a kingdom not only for them but for their children as well. They have nothing to worry about. This is coming from God. This is great!
But I don’t see them relying on God, trusting God. They are getting caught up in power, status, and fear. Afraid of losing what God has said would be theirs. Instead of listening to God, obeying Him, giving their hearts to Him, they start relying on themselves to maintain that position of power. And it’s not pretty.
I think about the times I have done the same. It’s never turned out good for me. I’m left with no joy, no calm, no peace.
May every day I look towards God and know that I can put my trust in Him without falling into sin with being impatient, afraid, untrusting. May my heart always be turned towards God. Giving thanks to Him. Praising His name. Enjoying His faithfulness!