I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:2
Sometimes the only response to the Lord’s goodness is to say I Love You Lord. Really, just to stop everything you’re doing and just echo these words: “I love you Lord”, and to say it loud enough with your words and action that the world can hear and see your love for the Lord. Yet, sincerely enough that the Lord can accept your expression of love toward Him.
As we look at what it means to rely on God and to fully depend on Him, we must realize that counting our blessings and expressing our heartfelt gratitude is as much a part of the process. The grateful heart acknowledges that its blessings come from the Lord, and that He deserves the praise.
Proclaiming our love for the Lord and recounting what He has done for us not only expresses our love for God, but it also shows gratitude.
And why does the psalmist echo his love for the Lord?
The Lord has heard His voice and pleas and inclined His ear to him. I am constantly reminded that we do not seek the Lord first. We never have and never will. But He, in His infinite goodness, seeks us out. He saved us while we were yet sinners. In the same way, we do not thank the Lord for no apparent reason. Even the times we think Him ahead, we are thanking Him with the anticipation that He will do what His word promises, according to His character. It is not thankfulness that pours out of our initiative. Thankfulness to the Lord is always a reflection of His amazing qualities.
We always have something worth thanking the Lord for. And on days when we think we don’t, His infinite mercy to bear with us is proof that we do. We owe our lives to God, we owe our salvation to the shed blood of His Son, and we owe our daily existence to His loving grace that sustains us day by day.
As the old hymn says, “count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God hath done.” I can assure you that this exercise will always leave you amazed at the goodness of the Lord, even when your day might be filled with storms, burdens and conflicts. Counting the blessings of the Lord and praising Him for His mercy will cause your heart to swell with thanksgiving.
The psalmist rightly says that he will, because of the Lord’s goodness and care, call on the Lord as long as he lives. Our lives belong to the Lord, and our answered prayers are proof that we can continue to rely on God every day, with every need of our lives.
We can go on living and go on praising because as long as we live we will always have a reason to sing and a reason to rejoice in the faithfulness of the Lord. We will always be the recipient of His grace and of His love.
Love so pure and so giving deserves the genuine expression of our love and our complete surrender.