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Thanking God for his wonderful deeds

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)

Yesterday, we noticed that God’s offer of salvation to sinners is always a reason to be thankful. But besides this timeless truth, there are also special events or “wonderful deeds” to thank God for. The book of Psalms gives multiple examples from the life of David and from the history of the people of Israel. When David was young, king Saul tried to kill him. David fled to the wilderness, but even there Saul chased him “like one who hunts a partridge in the mountains”. It really was a desperate situation, and David cried out to God. He needed help! The Lord saved him, and he became king of Israel. This period of his life shaped David’s character and his relationship with the Lord. He never forgot “the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, who rescued me from my enemies” (Psalm 18:47).

Experiencing God’s salvation and blessing in your own life can fill your heart with thankfulness. It can encourage you even years later, when you look back and recall what God has done. It is good to thank the Lord by explicitly recounting all of his wonderful deeds. He is worth it.

Are there “wonderful deeds” in your life that make you especially thankful?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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