Thankful – Past, Present, Future

In All Things Give Thanks

Psa 18:1-3 KJV  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.  (2)  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  (3)  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psa 18:49 (KJV) 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

King David pens these words originally in 2 Sam 22:1-4 as a result of a deliverance from his enemies, and from the hand of King Saul. As with many Psalms, David probably dipped back into his repertoire of memories and pulled this Psalms out of the past and refreshed his relationship with God over again.

This is a song of a man who reflects on the past relationship with God and expresses his memory with gratefulness of the victory God brought to him.

More times than not, I think we should all be like David – look back on the moments of life, whether they be victory or defeat, and give honor to God for his protecting and guiding hand.

Historical vision is often 20/20 vision. We see the past in light of present eyes.  One study (I cannot find my notes on this) states that every time we remember a detail, we often update the memory with more vivid colors and expressions than the original event. Could it be, with more modern eyes we can see things differently than when we were in the midst of the situation?

Sometimes we are stuck in our present dilemma. Yet, we are a present product of our past!

Celebrate what you have learned thus far.

Celebrate who you have become as a result of what you have experienced!

So, let me share with you a couple of views on the verses of David’s Psalms that lets us realize he is looking at the Past with a Grateful view.

“The Lord is my ROCK” = This focuses on stability, faithfulness and protection.

Luke 6:47 – 48 (KJV) 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like:  48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

The Lord is “my FORTRESS” – He builds a Fortress around me that NONE can penetrate!

As long as we take refuge in Christ, the enemy cannot gain access to us, nor cause us to despair.

Rom 8:28 (KJV) 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Rom 8:35 – 39 (KJV) 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord..

The Lord is “my DELIVERER.” – to bring to safety, to cause to escape.

We were held captive by the sin of this world, but Jesus, not we ourselves, has brought us to safety. He has caused us to escape from the sin of the past.

Psa 34:17 – 19 (KJV) 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

1 Cor 6:9 – 11 (KJV) 9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God..

The Lord is “my GOD” – Heb. “El” = the Mighty One, as a title of majesty and power, often used in combination of other words.

The titles of God, or the descriptors used to reference His attributes, are many. Here, David is not using any of the ones we have heard of, he is simply saying, “He IS my God.”

The Lord is “my STRENGTH” = A focus of stability, a place of security and safety.

This is very similar to the word “rock” earlier.

The Lord is “My Buckler” = A shield that goes between us and the enemy!

I had to look this up, thinking it was relating to someone who helped to put on the armor. This person is the intermediary between me and battle. Without his protecting hands I can do nothing. He is that shield between me and the enemy!

The Lord is “the horn of my salvation”

The “horn” is the emblem of strength and of dignity, “salvation” is deliverance. Sin is devastating, demoralizing, shaming. God is the strength and the dignity brought back into a life through salvation.

The Lord is “my HIGH TOWER” = similar to “fortress” earlier.

Psa 9:9 – 10 (KJV) 9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Pro 18:10 KJV  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

With all of this reference to Who God Was to him during the past and his reflection on what he is in the present, the question comes to mind, “What do you do with what you recognize of the Greatness of God?””

“I will LOVE THEE” = to be compassionate, have mercy, have tender affections, Fondle as a mother would her child.

“Love” = Heb. “racham”  – (raw-kham’) it is found 47 times in the Old Testament and is translated as the English word mercy (32), compassion (8), pity (3), love (1), merciful (1), misc. (2)

In Hebrew = the idea appears to be in cherishing, soothing, and in a gentle emotion of the mind. To behold with tenderest affection, to compassionate. This is the only time in scripture that this word is translated “love”

(V3)  “I will CALL upon the Lord.” = to cry out to, to summon, to call in, or to invite.

This is not just a cry of despair, but also an accommodating invitation to join in your conversation and life!

“I will GIVE THANKS unto Thee” = “to throw, shoot, cast”.

In this since it is to cast, throw out praise unto the Lord.

“Give thanks” = heb. – yadah (yaw-daw’) is used as “praise” (53) and “give thanks” (32)

1 Chr 16:34 – 36 (KJV) 34O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  35And say ye, Save us, O God of Isa 25:1 (KJV) 1O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

Isa 12:4 (KJV) 4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

(V49)  “I will SING PRAISE unto Thy Name.”

“Sing praise” = to pluck or strike with the fingers – refers to making music with an instrument.

Eph 5:18 – 20 (KJV) 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Col 3:14 – 17 (KJV) 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 Are You Grateful for your Present?

You have the past to thank.

Grateful people can: find a blessing, enlarge a blessing and create a blessing. – Scott Jones