“My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” Psalm 108:1-4 (ESV)
God called King David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). There are many reasons God said this about David but Psalm 108 shows us one clear reason. David was fixed on praising God. He was fixed on praising God not because things always went his way. Not because he never suffered. Not because he was perfect. It was a choice he made. He told God, “My heart is steadfast!” To be steadfast is to be firm, stable, established, fixed. He was set on praising God and nothing would sway him from that. He said,
I WILL sing and make melody with all my being!
I WILL awake the dawn!
I WILL give thanks to you, O LORD!
I WILL sing praises to you among the nations.
David determined to sing for God with all his being. He chose to start his day praising God. He made the choice to give thanks to Him. He was set on praising God in his heart and also chose to praise Him among the nations.
Why? Why would he praise him in spite of trouble and oppression? Why would he praise Him in spite of his own weaknesses? Why would he praise Him in the midst of daily struggles?
“For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” Psalm 108:4-5
Why would he praise Him? Because God’s love is great above the heavens! His love never fails. His love is everlasting! Because His faithfulness goes on forever!
He deserves all praise and all glory! His love and faithfulness will never fail us.
Like David, I can choose to praise Him. I can say with David:
I will sing and make melody with all my heart!
I will wake up in the morning praising Him!
I will give thanks to you, O LORD!
I will sing your praises to those around me.
It’s a choice I can make. I can praise Him in spite of circumstances because He never changes. His character is firm in spite of my problems and struggles. I can praise Him because His love for me never fails. He will never love me any less. I can make the choice to sing and make music in my heart. I can thank Him everyday for all He does for me. I can also choose to praise His name to those around me. I can tell them how great He is.
God’s love for me is steadfast. It will never change. His faithfulness goes on forever. He is worthy of all my praise.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD! I will sing your praises to others. Praise your Holy Name!
This is a choice we can make every day! It’s a gift we give to our Lord.
I originally published this devotion at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud