Psalm 50.14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
There are 3 profound items to be seen in this text. All of them – if you read the entire Psalm – set over and against, and higher than any ceremonial act or sacrifice we might conceive of. Things God delights in in His children. Things precious to Him. a. A sacrifice of thanksgiving; b. Performance of vows made; c. Calling upon Him in our days of trouble. Thankfulness, Faithfulness and Humble Dependence. These dear reader – God savors and revels in from us. And today I would just like to remind us of the astounding power of thankfulness. To be honest, this is an area of personal failure for me. It is most evident in the aftermath of being confronted with my weaknesses, in the light of my sins. My chief responses to things gone wrong – to transgressions of God’s holiness, to challenges too big, heartaches too deep, discouragements too dark and hopeless, frightening unknowns, fearsome futures, regretful pasts and daunting presents – are not usually thankfulness. But it ought to be. Imagine Beloved if we really took God at His Word about where we truly stand in relation to Him in Christ – and began to respond to things like I just listed above with sacrifices of thanksgiving? What if, when reminded of grievous, heinous, horrid past sins – our first response was to rise up in thanksgiving for the blood of the Lamb that has covered all our sin, and expunged our guilt and shame? What if, in the face of tragic loss and grief, we bowed low to thank Him for His presence in it, sovereignty over it and the mercy that prevented it from being so much worse? What if, in the contemplation of a bleak and uncertain future, we stopped first to thank Him for eternal promises that eclipse all those uncertainties with divine verities? What if, in the throes of our deepest depression and discouragement, both with ourselves and others, we lifted up our voices in thanks that He holds us still, has a good end in store, loves us so deeply and inviolably as to be beyond our comprehension and will one day redeem every bitter moment in perfect joy? What if?