PSALM 116:17 – I WILL SACRIFICE A THANK OFFERING TO YOU AND CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD. Prayer and fasting is a sacrifice we all make and it’s an act of thanksgiving towards God. To worship God means to express yourself in such a way as to show how much you value God Himself and how thankful you are for both the things He has done and what He is going to do.
BEING THANKFUL OF THE THINGS HE HAS DONE
PSALM 74:12-17 – For God is my King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters. You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up mighty rivers. The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.
In this potion of scripture the writer is exalting and praising God for the thing that He had done in their life despite the oppression. As Christians, we need to get in a place of thanksgiving in this season of prayer and fasting as we remember and acknowledge the goodness of God in our life despite the oppression and attacks we might be facing. God always looks at a pure and thankful heart.
Consider Psalm 9:1, “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” Recount the things God has done, “You’ve forgiven me, redeemed me, given me food to eat, a roof over my head,” etc, then in verse 2 the writer continues to exalt God in a state of remaining joyful. Psalm 9:2 “I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.