An elder at church read over Psalm 9 with us last Sunday. He specifically focused on verses 1 and 2:
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.“
He proceeded to pull out what he felt were the most important points from these two verses:
- Be thankful
Verse 1 says: “I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart.” There are always things to be thankful for: God’s love, Jesus’ sacrifice, and salvation. These things, among others, will never change no matter what situation you are in. No matter what trial you are enduring, there is always something to be thankful for. If you look really hard, you can always find a blessing even in the hardship.
2. Choose joy
Verse 2 says: “I will be glad and rejoice in you.” It doesn’t say that we always have to rejoice about our circumstances but that we should be rejoicing in Christ. We will always have Christ therefore we should always have joy, no matter our circumstances.
3. Praise God always
Verse 2 continues into: “I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” We should always be praising God for the ways He is blessing us and the things He is doing in our life. We should be praising Him for who He is; this may involve praising Him for specific attributes: His love, His mercy, His grace, His forgiveness, His faithfulness, etc.
He asked us how differently our lives would look if we applied these three things to our life. How much brighter would we shine? How much more pleasant and God-honoring would our attitudes become? I aim to try to apply these to three things to the way I think instead of letting negativity cloud my attitude and actions.