“You are My God and I will Praise You” Psalms 118

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“You are my God and I will praise you” (Psalms 118:28)

“You are my God and I will praise you.” (v28)

Simple yet profound.

A personal statement.

A big statement.

A confident statement.

The other morning as I was reading my Bible I needed a dose of God. What do I mean? I needed a reminder of how big the God I serve is. A reminder of what He does for His people. A reminder that I have a lot to be thankful for, even if it is simply that my God is good, sits on the throne and loves me.

Psalms 118 starts out, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”  When I give thanks to Jesus, my spirit lifts and hope fills me. Grace washes over me and the weariness washes away.  No matter how tired I am, frustrated, or unsure what to do next – giving thanks to Jesus and acknowledging who He is and His love shifts my perspective. It helps me settle into abiding in Jesus even more.

The psalm does not end there. From there the psalmist lays out how God is on his side and how God shows up.  It starts with me asking Him for help. “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” (v5) When life is tough, often the circumstances seem like prison cells. I don’t try and make them that way but sometimes that is exactly what happens. Or my emotions become prisoner to the circumstance and need to be set free. When I stop and ask Jesus to show up & help – He frees me. Once that has happened my eyes can see how He is moving in the circumstance.

“The Lord is with me” (v 6-7 NIV)

“The Lord is on my side” (v-6-7 ESV)

Powerful. Encouraging words. I am not in this alone. Right here with me is Jesus. As a kid there was something powerful about having my dad come with me when I was scared or uncertain about something; I knew that he was there and he loved me. My confidence strengthened.  It is the same way with God. He is right there.  Right here with me.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in….” v 8-9 (NIV)

I am guilty of putting my trust in my own strength, in a “solution”, in a “thing,” in others,  anything other than placing my trust fully in Jesus. Its silly. Its not effective. Its very temporary. Part of experiencing Jesus with me is my choice to trust Him over anything else. It does not mean that the tools we were using, or the steps we were taking won’t be the steps we are taking but what our hope & trust is in are not those things.

“You are my God and I will praise you.“ (v28)

Jesus is right there in the storm with me. The waves that threaten to try and knock me over. He is right there. Sometimes He calms the storms, and other times He is navigating me thru it.  He moves the mountains. Calms the storms. Calms the heart.

My perspective shifted.
Faith grown.
Hope renewed.
Grace.
Thankful.

He is my God and I will praise Him.

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