It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night.
LORD Jesus we praise You for You are mighty to create, to save, and to revive. We are not made by a corruptible seed but by the incorruptible seed and planted in this world to declare Your mighty acts. Enable us, O God we pray, to give thanks to You and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Help us to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness every night. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
How many times do we thank and praise people when we should be praising God instead? There is nothing wrong, of course, to show our gratitude to others. Fact is that we are called to honor others like, for example, our parents, older people, kings, widows, and elders. What, though, if we love and honor created beings more than our Creator?
True, many times God works and reaches out through people, but we always have to remember that it is God who is reaching out and doing the work not the people in themselves. What could they accomplish without Him? Or, to use Matthew Henry’s words:
“God’s created beings cannot help without him,
but he can help without them.”
Please do not misunderstand. There is absolutely nothing wrong by telling people, “Thank you!” Of course not. The problem starts, though, whenever we will praise people instead of looking up to the One who created them and who is working things out according to His will and for His name’s sake.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Give thanks to the mighty LORD and sing praises to His name today.