Anglican Devotional 2 January 2024 – Recount His Deeds

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 2 January 2024 – Recount His Deeds

TOPIC: Recount His Deeds

READ: Psalm 9:1-20 (KJV)

1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

7 But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

THE MESSAGE:

David understood the importance and power of giving thanks to God. If you’re like me, it is far easier to ask God for the things I need than to stop and praise Him. For example, I find that my words are much more when I am ‘asking’ than when I am ‘thanking.’ I notice that when I am making requests, my words are usually more; the words just keep flowing as I pour my heart to God. But when it is time to give thanks, few words, and I would seem lost on what next to say.

In today’s passage, we see clearly that David was a man who overcame the above challenge during his sojourn here on earth. He boldly and resolutely declared: “I will give thanks to the Lord” (verse 1; ESV). This should be one of our firm resolves this year. Like David, insist on giving thanks, no matter what the situation would seem to present. Until you make your mind and insist on giving thanks, Satan will always show you reasons why you cannot give thanks. Second, it should be “with my whole heart” (verse 1; ESV). Insist on giving thanks with all your heart. Be sincere; be focused; be deliberate.

Third, do it by recounting all His deeds (verse 1, ESV). You will be amazed at how much you will have to sincerely say to God in genuine worship, when you take time to recount His deeds.

ACTION: Today,” Tell among the people his deeds” (verse 11).

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