Lessons from the thanksgiving life of David
Today we will be exploring the thanksgiving life and outlook of David. David wrote the longest chapter and book in the bible and they are all songs. He was a warrior but he was also a fervent worshipper. He was profusely full of gratitude to God. He is called the sweet Psalmist of Israel because of the songs he wrote in praising God. He is the epitome of gratitude. He was so full of the praise of God that in 2 Samuel 6, his wife criticised him of belittling himself before people in his quest to give thanks to God by dancing unashamedly. God said he chose David to be King because he was a man after His own heart. David was a God chaser. So God made him king and made an everlasting covenant with Him. In Psalm 103, David outlines why he praised God as he did.
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
In verses 1 and 2 David was doing a self-talk; he was talking to himself, His spirit was instructing his soul (mind, will, thought, emotions) to praise God. We see in these verses that David praised God for two reasons, first for the name of Lord and second for the things the Lord has done for him. So he praised God first for who he is and then for what he has done. David praised God will all that his within Him not half-heartedly.
So what is or are the names of God? Isaiah 9:6b –For unto us a Child is born, And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Other Hebrew redemptive names of God in the bible include Jehovah Jireh (God my provider), Jehovah Nissi (God my banner), Jehovah Ropheka (God our healer), (Jehovah shalom (God our peace), Jehovah Rohi (God our shepherd) etc.
So David starts thanking God by praising for who He is. He wrote in the psalm that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and they are saved.
In verse 3 – 19 David then goes on to thank God for all the benefits and privileges God has provided him. He outlined and thoroughly enumerated them. David was very thoughtful and consequently he was very thankful. And remember this is a self-talk; he was talking to himself and aligning his mind to thanking God.
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
In verses 19 -22, David, went to call everyone to come on board and praise God. He gave more reasons; The Lord is King, ruler and creator of all. He went back to emphasising who God is in the context of everything and everyone.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
So my charge to you today is getting your praise on and give thanks to the Lord (sustainer, owner, provider, and protector), for He is good and His mercy endures forever.
For further study:
2 Samuel 6
Personal Declaration for the day
Lord Jesus , I thank you for who you are and for giving me all your love.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Could you outline the reasons for praising God?