As we come to the last part of this Psalm the Psalmist continues to express how grateful he is to his God. This is an area of our life that we have to be careful about. When the struggles are over and life returns to normal there is a danger that we can be tempted to coast along. This is why it is so important to have a set routine of spending time daily with the Lord. This does not come easily but we need to be disciplined and continually asses how we are relating to the Lord. Verse 17 says: “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord “. In this verse, we see the determination of the Psalmist for he declares ‘I will ’ This is such a powerful declaration because it shows that the Psalmist has made up his mind and will not allow other things to become more important to him. This is an area of our lives where we cannot be halfhearted about our relationship with the Lord. As I look back over my life that is something that was never up to negotiation. God came first in my life and I am so glad that I made that decision it has helped me readjust my life after my wife of 53 years went to heaven 9 years ago. It is so encouraging to see what the Psalmist decided to do, he decided to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord. Being thankful should never be limited to how we feel because it is important to choose to praise the Lord whether we feel like it or not. This is where being disciplined has great rewards. There have been many times when I did not feel like praising the Lord where being disciplined pays such dividends and you start praising Him and after a very short period your attitude changes and you get lost in the wonder of praising Him. Not only does the Psalmist thanks the Lord he calls upon the name of the Lord, we must never forget the power there is in the name of the Lord. Proverbs 18:10 says: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the Righteous run into it and are safe “. Even though the Psalmist had experienced the worst situation of his life, he used that trial to reinforce his trust in his God. May we be like the Psalmist and use everything we face as an opportunity to declare God’s greatness in our life to the people around us. The last two Verses say: “I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of His people, in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you O Jerusalem “. The Psalmist was unashamed to declare his commitment to love the Lord everywhere he goes, – amongst his friends, when visiting the temple and to the people where he lived.  I have been so encouraged by this Psalm, it pointed out that even when there are times of great distress and trials but when that happened the Lord was the answer. When we experience the deliverance of the Lord may we tell everyone about the greatness of our God that you have experienced. May we be like the Psalmist and declare the goodness of God to other people.


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