Irvin Wasswa- Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC

Psalm 9:1-2
1I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
   I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

A few months ago I was on my way to a coffee shop here in Clarksville for a meeting with a couple of guys in our discipleship group. As I arrived at the coffee shop, I walked in to find a table and accidentally bumped into a guy at the register who was having conversation with one of the baristas. I was able to catch a glimpse of his face just for a moment and what crossed my mind was… “Is that Brett Favre? Surely not! What would he be doing here in Clarksville, TN of all places?” My curiosity grew and my inner sports nerd wanted to find out if it was him. By the time I went to look, he was already gone. After 30 minutes of doing a little digging, a college student who was at the coffee shop affirmed that it indeed was Brett Favre! Now being the sports nerd that I am, I immediately called up my other sports nerd friends to let them know that I happened to run into THE Brett Favre! I couldn’t hold it in. I mean Brett Favre is a legend who’s one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. I had to tell someone of my experience that day!

King David in Psalm 9 pens the reality of his heart, and in the Psalm highlights the Lord’s goodness in his life. He couldn’t help but to worship and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. He goes on to highlight how he was going to recount all of the wonderful deeds the Lord has done in his life. David had a lot to testify about regarding what the Lord had done. He had helped him slay the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. He had called him, a humble shepherd boy, to become king over all of Israel! In this Psalm he highlights how the Lord had led Israel to victory over their enemies, and David’s response was to worship and tell others about the Lord’s goodness. God had been so good to him that he couldn’t help but testify by telling others of that truth.

What a testimony for us in the church today! How often are we open and willing to share the goodness of what God has done in our lives? From the gift of having breath to breathe and life to live, to the many gifts God has given us, we have much to recount to others. If we are not careful, we can get so consumed in the negative that we forget to notice the good deeds the Lord has done. We can allow for pessimism to paralyze us from sharing with others. In those moments, may we choose to look up and remember how good the Lord has been to us (Psalm 13:6).

My encouragement to you this week is to spend time recalling how great the Lord has been good to you, and then choose to recount all of His wonderful deeds with a friend/coworker/neighbor. Listen, we are quick to share the latest news about our life or about that celebrity, but are hesitant to share of all that God has done in and through us. May we choose to be unashamed to praise and worship the Lord for what He has done and choose to share that with others!

Psalm 66:16
“Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for my soul.”

Dear Lord, thank you for your goodness in my life. Remind me in every season to worship you. Give me the boldness and the heart to share of your goodness to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.