If we take time to count our blessings, we want to praise God!
When the psalmist thought about the realities, still the Israelites had challenges. However, when she reflected on what God had done for the country, she wanted to praise God. That is what happens when we think about our individual lives. We still have many challenges in our lives but we can praise God when we reflect on God’s Faithfulness. We also want to invite others to join to our praise:
“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.’ Selah
When we praise God, we want to point out specific things as evidences of God’s faithfulness.
Our praise is not just an abstract proclamation. We have concrete evidences in history. We can say confidently, “Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations—let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah”
Our blessings shine brighter after all the trials and tests.
We cannot take our current blessings for granted. They come after all the difficulties that we have to overcome. God has helped us and rescued us from many snares. We remember all of them.
“Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs; you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.”
We grow and come to the realization that everything was needed for our maturity.
Life is full of difficulties. However, all of them are needed for our spiritual growth. If we go to a gym, we can see many machines that provide resistance for us to overcome. That is the only way that we can grow our muscles. Spiritual muscles grow in the same way. Now we give offerings with appreciation:
“I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
After everything is said and done, it is the best thing that God still loves us!
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.”