I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.[a]
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased,
4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
David, the writer of this Psalm, is one of my favorite biblical icons because even though he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, God still considered David to be “a man after his own heart.”
What? How can this be? It seems unfathomable doesn’t it? But David humbled himself and repented before God, asking God to forgive him for sinning. God forgave David. However, God didn’t let David escape the consequences of his sinfulness. The son born from the illicit affair fell ill and died.
The teaching I remember from this event in biblical history, is that when I earnestly humble myself before God, he forgives me, but doesn’t always take away the consequences. And facing the fallout from my sinful actions gives me food for thought about how I should change the way I think and act.
For this, I give thanks to the Lord. How about you?