“O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!
I Chronicles 29:13
We’ve been teaching our little girl to say “thank you” pretty much ever since she was born. Its a simple phrase that brings about such great feelings when someone does something for you. Its a simple formula really: someone does anything for you = you saying thank you.
Its good for us to say thank you to God also. After all, who has done more for any of us than God? Sure, there may be days, weeks, months, or even years where things seem to have only gone poorly or the wrong way. However, God continues to stand by our side.
The interesting thing about this passage is what it says in the verses beyond it. It says this:
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
David recognizes that our time here is short. What possible good could it do to thank God, when we are just a mere blip on the radar of the universe? The simple answer is that God loves that blip. Even if you feel like you are here for a moment and then gone, or if you feel like there’s no way you can matter to God in the grand scheme of things – understand that God loves each and every one of HIS children. And for that we owe Him thanks AND praise.
Today, take time to just make a simple list of things to thank God for in your life.