Psalm 138:1 New Living Translation (NLT)
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.”
David regularly praises God throughout the Psalms. Here he makes the point that he praises God rather than any of the gods the surrounding nations have set up for themselves. They are idols and David knows this. The surrounding nations foolishly worship lifeless statues. These so called gods are powerless to do anything to aid those who have placed their faith and trust in them. Anything that replaces Almighty God or pushes Him to a less significant role in our lives should be considered an idol.
Take note that during most of David’s Psalms he takes the time to praise and thank the Lord. This is something that we need to incorporate into our prayer time. It’s a great way to start, by extolling the virtues of our wonderful, gracious, merciful God. It brings joy into our hearts and peace into our soul. Worshipping the Lord creates the fuel that drives our relationship with Him. It takes us into deeper places with Him, so that we can learn the mysteries of heaven.
Nothing on this earth can do for us what God can do. Nothing can provide true wisdom and guidance the way God can. We can speak to or with God anytime of the day or night, any day of the year. We never get a busy signal or have to leave a voice mail with God. Our hearts need to recognize the truth that is found in scripture, but reading scripture is the only way to do so. We get so easily entangled in the chores of each day. It happens to us all. Only God can give us relief. Only God can provide the breath of fresh air that we need. Truly, God is the only one in our lives who deserves all our praise. Nothing on this earth compares to Him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Application Study Bible – The New Living Translation – Tyndale House Publishing.