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Psalm 9:1-2


I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.


Can we proclaim that we will do all of these?  How often do we sing praises to His name?  David is always mindful of giving God the honor and the glory.  David wrote 73 psalms.  As you probably know, the psalms are divided into categories.  Psalm 9 falls into the 11-psalm category called "Psalms of Thanksgiving."  I want you to consider each line of our Scripture today, carefully.  First David says, "I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart."  We are not to do anything halfway for God or Jesus.  David implies that if we can't give it everything we have for God, maybe we should keep our mouth shut until we can!  If you truly consider God's marvelous works, how can you not be overcome?  How can you not praise God with your whole heart?  David then says, "I will be glad and rejoice in You."  When you fellowship daily with the Lord, you cannot help but rejoice greatly.  As I have said before, words are important.  Notice the words "in You."  This indicates a true and complete fellowship.  If you will, an intimate relationship where God knows us and we know Him.  David concludes our Scripture today by saying, "I will sing praise to Your name, O most high.  David proclaims who God is.  David will only lift his praise to God who is the most High.   During this time, David had many options of gods and things to praise.  David made a lot of really bad choices in his life.  Praising only God and rejoicing in Him erased all of those questionable times in David's life.  My challenge to you today is simple.  Examine your life and your worship.  We all have made many wrong choices.  If you are still making those wrong choices, just stop it today!  No, bad habits and practices are not easy to stop, but these must be curtailed.  Do you know God like David did?  Are you able to proclaim that He is "most high" in your life?  Will you praise the Lord today with your whole heart?  If you have any trouble answering any of these questions with a resounding "Yes," then take a few extra moments today to discover what David found out after days of communing with God.  David was glad and could rejoice in good times and bad because of who God was in his life.  For David, He was God the Almighty.  He is for me, too.  How about you?