9.18.2018

I want a disposition like his!

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.
Psalm 9:1, 2

This is one of my (many) favorite passages of Scripture.
I love it because it is a reminder that praise, honor, and gratefulness to our God are - a choice.
We decide if we will praise Him or ignore Him.
We choose to give thanks for all He has done, or complain about what He has not.
We choose to proclaim His deeds to those around us - or remain silent.
We decide if we will rejoice in Him or rebel against His will because it does not match our own.

Two verses.
Two verses packed with a challenge. Will we match the passionate commitment of the Psalmist?
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.

Out of curiosity, and because I find word studies fascinating, I looked up the verb "will" in the dictionary and found the definition perfectly fitting.
will 
1—used to express a future event
2—used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent
3—used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction
4—used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition
5—used to express probability
6—used to express inevitability, determination, insistence, persistence, or willfulness
7—used to express capability or sufficiency

Can you hear the heart of the Psalmist echoed in those descriptions?
desire
choice
habitual action
disposition
persistence
inevitability

An excellent reminder that we must be purposeful and thoughtful about thanking, talking about, rejoicing in, and praising our God. And if we are purposeful, perhaps one day "I will" shall become "I do" and "I am" because like the Psalmist, we, too, will possess a disposition of habitual rejoicing in our God!
I do give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart;
I do tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
I am glad and rejoice in You;
I am singing the praises of Your name, O Most High.

May it be so, Lord. May it be so!

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