Our scripture this morning is Psalms 9:1-2.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

In one translation this psalm is entitled “A Psalm of Thanksgiving for God’s Justice”, a statement of confident faith.  God is never anxious to punish, but sometimes like children our behavior needs correcting. We know that He is a just God, but also the God of mercy and love.

Giving God our praise is natural, built in to us at birth because He is our creator. God has given us life and all the wonders of creation. We must choose to connect with Him and then give Him thanks for our very being! Without Him we are nothing.

Our connection with Him affects our connection with everything else. The old hymn “Trust and Obey” says “when we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way”, reminding us that only a right relationship with Him can make us complete. May we praise the Lord with all our hearts, now and forever.

Gracious God, we give You all the glory for Your wonderful work. Help us to share the joy we find in You, making disciples of all nations. Amen.

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