Verse and Prayer for Friday 20 November

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9: 1-2

It is so easy to read or sing these words, as it is so many of the scriptures, but really thinking about them and whether I can really say them truthfully is hard.  

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart: but do I?  Have I really given my whole heart or are there little corners I’ve hidden away?  Even when I’m reading or singing, there are times when I know there are things I’ve not given to God, or I’m wondering about what to have for lunch, or whether that person wearing that purple jumper knows it really isn’t their colour.  

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds: Sometimes I tell of quite a few of them, but all of them?  Do I know my bible well enough to know all that are in there, and what about what God has done in my life? And do I sometimes shy away from telling of God’s wonderful deeds, a little worried – even ashamed – to talk about them for fear of being laughed at?

God is the Most High and we should sing, be glad and exult in Him, giving those last corners of our heart to Him, reading His word so we know of all His wonderful deeds in scripture as well as those in our own lives which we can tell to others who need to hear about Him, or to share with others who also have deeds to tell about His work in their lives.

Praise you, Lord God, O Most High, that you know my whole heart, even when I don’t give thanks to you with all of it.  Help me to flush out those little corners, to put Peter’s docking band on them and see them fall away.  I will then have more wonderful deeds to tell of as you help me to victory over my sins.  I will be glad and exult in you and I will sing praise to your name.   Amen.

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