Facing Entitlement: Psalm 138
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.
5 May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great.
6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
8 The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 138 encourages readers to have a thankful heart. Unfortunately this is a difficult thing for some to do. Being genuinely thankful is more than simply saying "Thank You," keep in mind. Often times, especially in our Western society, we have a sense of entitlement that hovers over us. The more we think we are entitled to, the less we will be grateful for. We wonder, why do people who keep getting more and more, show less and less gratitude? Because the sinful mind can convince us we are entitled to anything we want. "They owe me and they ought to pay for it."
This mentality has led to an abundance of lawsuits from Sports teams being sued on Father’s Day for giving gifts to men only, to a psychology professor being sued for sexual harassment for having a mistletoe present at a Christmas party, to even a psychic being awarded a million dollars when she claimed a CAT scan impaired her psychic abilities.
Nothing is owed to us; everything is given to us. What are you thankful for in your life? Spend some time reflecting on the abundance of blessings you have right now.
- Believers should joyfully give thanks to God for what he does.
- Everyone will ultimately recognize God's soverienty, some out of thankfulness and others out of fear.
- Believers can rely on God's power to fulfill His purpose in their lives.