Whole-Hearted Thanks

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, September 18, 2017

Psalm 86:12  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

It is in the midst of our biggest trials and tests that we are able to grasp the greatness of our God.

To grasp this truth, you are invited to open your Bible to the 86th Psalm. It is a prayer of King David, who admits in verse one that he is poor and needy. His soul needs some gladdening (verse 3). Enemies who do not honor God have risen up against him in an attempt to take his life (verse 14). Yet in it all, David declares the trustworthiness of God’s steadfast love (verse 13).

Before I highlight the verses that impacted my heart this morning, let me share with you a letter I received years ago from a dear sister in Christ. She writes in response to a sermon series I was doing at the time on the Names of Jesus.

Pastor John

When you started this short series on the Name of Jesus, I just had to praise Him. You see, I just learned that I had to have another MRI, this time on my neck. As you may remember, I am exxxxtremely!!!!! claustrophobic. I had 4 days to get really worked up about it. Except, this time after reading about the Name of Jesus and what it stood for I decided that it was time “to put up or shut up”. Did I Really believe that Jesus was with me all the time? Would He really stand by me? Would He really help me get through this? Did I really trust His word and His Name and all it stood for? So I put myself to the test! I got my Bible out and reminded myself in Psalm 86 that He was with me in all kinds of things. I read that He really did care about such things as MRIs. Then I got my journal out and wrote down my prayer. I remembered that He does not give the spirit of fear but the Spirit of Peace, Comfort and Security. I renounced the fear and confessed it as sin. I told the Father that I was counting on Him to once and for all win this battle and all the little squirmishes of claustrophobia and claimed it in the Power and all Truth that is Jesus and His Name. I tell you PJ, I’ve never in my life had such 4 days of peace, calm and contentment as I did from last Thursday through Sunday morning when I walked in for the MRI. I sat down on the table and closed my eyes like I was going to take a nap! 20 minutes later I came out feeling refreshed and relaxed. You know the best thing? Two days later I’m still enjoying the same peace and quiet joy of answered prayer. My faith has grown by leaps and bounds, because finally after 45+ years, my head knowledge has finally gotten into my heart. Praise God and the NAME of Jesus!

I love it when people I am privileged to shepherd make the application of spiritual truth to their personal lives. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

Now, let me share some highlights from this marvelous Psalm that I pray will infiltrate your heart, regardless of how poor and needy it may be. Consider each truth, and make the application to your life that will result in the giving of thanks to God. (The bold highlights are mine.)

2  Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

 5  For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

  8  There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 10  For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

11  Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.


13  For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

 15  But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Pastor John


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