Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Certainly the godly will give thanks to your name; the morally upright will live in your presence. Psalm 140.13
David is the author of this psalm. He writes asking God for protection from wicked men. The majority of the verses in Psalm 140 talk about the wicked men who are attacking David setting traps for his defeat. The last verse describes, in sharp contrast, the difference in the attitude and actions of the person who has respect for God. This person is grateful and acknowledges God’s care by giving thanks to him. The moral person will live in God’s presence. Gratitude is an important attitude to cultivate. Most of the time, however, you hear people complaining about every little thing. So many times the children of Israel were punished because of their complaining. Complaining indicates a deeper problem. It shows a lack of faith in God. We doubt that God is in control of the situation. We doubt that he cares for us and will provide for our needs. David reminds us of the importance of gratitude. There is no doubt that the godly person will be one who is grateful. Gratitude is a weapon against many illnesses that threaten to overtake us. What about me? Am I grateful? Let’s cultivate this important attitude and give thanks to God for his care!