What have you accomplished lately? Do you see God’s hand in everything you have done? Do you give Him credit for your accomplishments? Do you thank Him for what He has done?
Take a look at a few of the verses that jumped out at me in Psalms 118 (you might recognize some as lyrics to familiar worship songs):
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
5 In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.
8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the LORD we bless you.
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
See it? The writer of this Pslam gives back any glory for himself right back to God.
Perhaps you’re wondering why you should give God credit for things you accomplish. Had God really helped you get that promotion, win that race, write that award-winning song, get that job interview? Perhaps you have very little communication with God – or none at all. Perhaps you’ve never called upon the name of the Lord to save you.
I wonder, too, how much supernatural intervention I enjoy without really knowing it. How much of my effort is mine and how much has God arranged for certain things to happen.
All I know is this: I prefer to live under the shadow of His wings, trusting Him to provide the jobs, the friends, the wisdom I need. I’ve lived trying to rely on my own talent, intelligence and charm (?) and the anxiety was killing me.
(and yes, you CAN win a trophy for playing accordion!)
Thank You, Lord, for your providence which is very evident in my life. Praise You for hearing my cries and crashing through the wall to save me every time.
grace & peace,