A new star has just been added to Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. The one being honored before the crowd made quite a statement at the end of his tribute to friends and family. “Last but not least, I want to thank me for believing in me.” He then went on to describe all his hard work and sacrifice. He ended his self-congratulations with an expletive.
Today’s verse declares David’s intent to praise and give thanks to God before the crowd. David, as king of Israel, had many occasions to speak publicly and honor himself. But he did not. He did not thank himself for all his hard work and sacrifice. David had killed a giant. As a mighty warrior and powerful king, he had much more reason than a pop star to praise himself before the people. But instead, he gave all thanks and praise to God. David understood that his life was fleeting, a mere “handbreadth.” Every life is but a breath. (Ps. 39:4-5) David was not perfect but he understood just how big God is in comparison to any man.
How odd to hear this news story during Thanksgiving week! We just celebrated this day by recognizing all of our blessings. We thanked our families and our friends. But for believers, it is most importantly a time to thank God for His love, mercy and grace. HE deserves all my praise and thanks for everything that is good in my life. I cannot take credit for anything. He gives me my intellect and my talents. He gives me my health and my wealth. He gives me my next breath and heartbeat!
Lord, I cannot thank me. I thank You!