I will give thanks to your 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 praise of your name, O Most High. My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge. You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have have blotted out their name for ever and ever. Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished. The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgement. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the people with equity. The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
"Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." Thank you Father for never forsaking me. You have poured out forgiveness in spite of my sin. You have blessed me with opportunity in spite of my impure motives. You have given me me your presence in spite of my rebellion. You have extended second chances in spite of my broken promises. You have been steadfast though I have been inconsistent. I praise you God for your consistent love, grace, direction, and blessing. You are my firm foundation.
"For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted." As I aim to grow in your character as the years go by, You know all to well that there have been times that, unlike You, I have ignored the cries of the afflicted. There have been days when I have not immediately and adequately responded to someone in need. Forgive me for my selfishness. Forgive me for my short-sightedness. Forgive me for my lack of empathy and concern for those who find themselves in pain. As you have responded to my afflictions, may I respond to the afflictions of others - with love and compassion.
"I will give thanks to your LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." Lord, please make me into a man who is not afraid to boast about what you have done. Develop me into someone who rejoices in what you have done, in what you are doing, and in what you will do. Give me the courage to shout out from the rooftops how You are moving, how You are saving, how You are redeeming, how You are transforming, how You are delivering, how You are blessing, and how You are bringing Your promises to pass! I ask all these things in Jesus name, Amen.