Praising God Before The “gods”
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I sing praise to you before the gods. Psalm 138:1
What a beautiful thing it is to thank God from the bottom of our hearts. What a powerful thing it is to praise Him—especially “before the gods.” What gods might these be? Each of us probably has a different answer to that question. Money, successful careers or relationships, good looks, health, or brains, or even an active religious life might be gods to any of us. Enjoying our talents and gifts is fine, but trusting our well-being to them is dangerous. Any of these things can disappear for any number of reasons. Practicing gratitude for the good things we have enhances our enjoyment, and deepens our relationship with our Creator. When we can see past the blessings to the Giver, our gifts remain in their rightful place as gifts, not as idols.
It’s even possible to make gods out of our troubles, investing them with far too much importance. Maybe you’ve heard the expression: Don’t tell God how big your problems are; tell your problems how big your God is.
Only One is eternal: Our God. If we take time to invest in our relationship with Him, a change in circumstances won’t go to our head or leave us crushed. He really is worthy of our praise, because when the gods fail us, He will remain. We have nothing to lose by keeping our perspective and priorities in order through praise and thanksgiving.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for your gifts to us and we praise you for your power.
Reflection for sharing: What gods in your life need to hear you praise the One, True God?