“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.
Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Thanking and Glorifying the God Who Delivers Us
When I read these two verses from Psalm 50, I am reminded of Anne Lamott’s lovely little book, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. These verses cover all three prayers. “Call on me in the day of trouble” equals “Help!” “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving” equals “Thanks!” And, “I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” equals “Wow!”
These are three prayers that should become part of our regular repertoire. As Lamott says, they are essential!
Are you someone who tends to not ask for help? If so, toss that notion aside - in general, and especially when it comes to God. God is waiting for you to cry out!
Have you ever forgotten to say “thank you”? (If you grew up with even one attentive parent, I would think that would be almost impossible. But sometimes we still forget!) God enjoys our appreciation and gratitude, too, for it is an acknowledgment of the truth that God has been there faithfully... on every occasion of our need.
And when you have something amazing happen in your life, make a deep connection with another human being, see a spectacular sight in nature, or experience God delivering you in some way, what is there to do but give glory the God? So we say “Wow!” or “Hallelujah!” or “Look how beautiful that is!” or “God is good!” or “I don’t have words to capture how amazing I feel right now.” (Or maybe we start dancing around.)
Is there some help that you need from God today?
Has something happened that leads you to say “Thanks be to God!”
Or, is there a “wow” or a “hallelujah” ready to bust out of you?
Share with God whatever is true for you on this day.