Giving Thanks

So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture
Will give thee thanks for ever:
We will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
– Psalm 79:13

I really enjoy how Psalm 79 closes. After a long list of cries to our LORD the Psalmist ends with Praise. It reminded me of the reference to Isaiah 54:1 from our reading in Galatians 4 verse 27 that I had just read.

For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. – Galatians 4:27

This reference to Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, reads an encouragement to Sarah and a reminder to us all that even if things do not seem to be going according to what we think is best, our God is good and His promises are true. All we need to do is remember and believe, trust in Him and praise His name!

Originally published on from September 28, 2016’s reading: 2 Samuel 24; Galatians 4; Ezekiel 31; Psalm 79

Praise God

As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
-Proverbs 27:21

Tested by fire

A fining pot for silver. A crucible or melting pot to refine silver. To make it pure. A furnace for gold. To burn away the impurities. Gold and silver are tested by fire. Their impurities raised to the top, separated by fire. Proverbs 27:21 tells us that man is also tested, but by praise. Interesting.

Praise God! This is go to saying for me. Deployed, God willing, when I am tested by praise. I have come to believe that I am here to glorify God and this is one way to do it. When someone says, “You are awesome, the way you did that thing was amazing.” I believe it best to say something of the sort, “Thank you, praise God!” I have noticed some people looking a little puzzled with this response from time to time. Some get a look on their face like to say “….anyways”. This of course is all part of it, being different. Having a way that others do not know or understand and sticking to it all the same. The way I mean here is that praise and glory belong to God not to me and any good attributed to me is for me to pass on to God. To uphold His reputation.

Try it out next time someone praises you; “Thanks, praise God!” or another option is to quote this truth:

But by the grace of God I am what I am: – 1 Corinthians 15:10a

I think you will enjoy it. After all, God is good and He is worthy of all praise, His faithful love endureth forever!

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. -Psalm 106:1

This brings me to another what I believe to be interesting idea, perhaps worth consideration. It rather starts off a question; what does that mean anyway, God is worthy of all praise? Throughout the bible we hear it. Praise God for He is worthy and so on. The other day I was talking with a rather well read, well learned economist about the unfortunate debasement of our currency and it came to me, how we worship it. How we worship money. And. How it can not stand it. I think it so because it is not worthy of our praise. It can not stand it, it falls, it fails admits the praise and worship. It is not up to the test. Interesting.


-A takeaway from a study in Proverbs

-A takeaway from an meeting

As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject are most appreciated.