David didn’t always have it together, he didn’t always do things right but he most certainly had his head on straight and his heart in the right place in Psalms 9 when he sang, “I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things You have done. I will be filled with joy because of YOU. I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High.”.
We give ourselves so much praise and accolades that I believe we completely overlook or fail to remember the fact that God Himself has created EVERYTHING. He sent Jesus Christ (Himself) to make a way for eternal life AND sent the Holy Spirit to fill us and direct our paths. He has done all the good FOR us. “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17 Quite frankly, the only thing we can really give ourselves credit for, is screwing up but who wants to own up to that?
When I wake up in the morning and my heart is overwhelmed with joy, I have to know that it comes from the the love of Jesus inside me, that free gift that God gave all of us. If I think it’s because of something great I did the day before, it’s a false sense of joy that isn’t going to last. I’m not perfect, but Jesus is and He deserves all praise. And if my joy comes from the praises of family and friends or because of what they did for me, that’s not going to last either.
Father, I pray that I would only give my praises and accolades to the One who deserves them, You! It’s not about me…never was. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN