The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”
With e-mails, papers, and projects piling up, the one thing often lacking in my life is order. I just live and work better when I have a place for things and things in their place. While this physical order does my heart good, it points to a more important order. I need to order my ways. This starts with giving God thanks. Psalm 50:23 paints a clear picture of this. Everything hinges on what I give God. What am I offering Him today? Sometimes the answer to this question is not good. Sometimes I am offering God…
- Doubt. Doubt for me, and many others I know, shows up in the form of giving lip service to God while seeking to work things out on my own, relying on my own inner resources. Some believers do, straight up, doubt God or His Word, but most of us manifest doubt indirectly, through decisions that don’t involve Him.
- Anger. Again, the manifestation of this is controlled. I’m not usually angry in a way that will embarrass me; I am angry in disguise. Whenever I am not getting my way, I am automatically angry. I, like others I know, have to put away anger when it arises. I don’t avoid or prevent it very well, but I do stop it cold by reading and praying the Bible.
- Self-pity. This is the child of doubt and anger. Poor me. If I don’t catch myself before its too late, then I give birth to and drink this tonic of despair-flavored narcissism. It is the self-talk that is the opposite of prayer based on a take on things that is the opposite of Scripture. It is the manifestation of unbelief. I developed a taste for this when I was a kid. Self-pity, along with every related form of self-regard, promises to offer spiritual help when all it really does is turn us away from God and into ourselves. It is the fire in the idol-maker’s forge.
No, I want to offer God better. Just one “thank you” voiced heavenward begins to let the air out of the tires of doubt, anger, self-pity, and any other strange offering I hope not to offer God. Glorifying God seems too high a mountain to climb, but Psalm 50:23 says we get there via the path of gratitude. This is how we order our ways rightly. And only then, only when we start walking His way, does God have amazing things to show us.