Thank You, God! How To Say Thank You To God–Psalm 145 – By Dean Marini
I have been the recipient of unmerited grace and favor more times than I can count. Family, friends and the occasional stranger have extended acts of kindness that I have not deserved. And of course, God is number one on that list! Our Lord does so much for all of us, providing in ways we could never be grateful enough for — and certainly could never repay.
In cases of true grace and charity, the “gifter” doesn’t expect any sort of repayment. Instead, the gift is given and a simple ‘thank you’ is more than enough. This is precisely how it was between King David and our Lord. David was fully aware of all that God had done (and was doing) for him … and knew he was incapable of ever paying Him back. So all he could say was, “Thank You, God.”
In a heart-rendering writing of gratitude, the king offers the best “thank you” he can muster in Psalm 145. A Thank You for all that God had done for him — delivering him from his enemies and rescuing his life. A great reminder for all of us today of just how truly blessed we are — by friends, families and neighbors as well as, undoubtedly, our Lord. Read over these powerful words of King David. While you do, let your heart praise our God’s majesty. In His great love, a simple “Thank You, God” suffices. How amazing He is!
Thank You, God!–Psalm 145
1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise Your Name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise You
and extol Your Name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
His greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends Your works to another;
they tell of Your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty—
and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. 6 They tell of the power of Your awesome works—
and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
7 They celebrate Your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
He has compassion on all He has made.
10 All your works praise You, Lord;
Your faithful people extol You.
11 They tell of the glory of Your Kingdom
and speak of Your might,
12 so that all people may know of Your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom.
13 Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom,
and Your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises
and faithful in all He does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You,
and You give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open Your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
and faithful in all He does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love Him,
but all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise His holy Name
forever and ever.
God provides for us in ways that are better than we could ever ask or imagine. His faithfulness is unending and forever trustworthy. As His servants, we must carry in our hearts and on our lips a King David-type of praise and thanksgiving. Not only will it change our own life (exchanging our worries for hope), but having a grateful spirit towards the Lord helps us appreciate the kindness of others and to pay all that love forward. It’s all cyclical.
No matter how you are feeling today, meditate on this powerful Psalm. Developing an attitude of gratitude that honors the Heavenly Father will, in return, bless your life in ways you cannot imagine. We may never be able to fully repay Him — but a sincere and loving “thank you” will go a long way.
“Thank You, God!”
Written by Dean Marini