The psalmist calls upon others to give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. He furthermore exhorts those who have been redeemed to say so, to declare God’s praises for delivering them from trouble. Whatever the circumstances and however difficult the experiences may have been, the believer is not to remain in silence but is to publicly thank the LORD.
Speaking our spiritual stories to others is important both for those who share them, and for those who listen so that the community of the redeemed will be strengthened in their faith and emboldened to also share. Far too many Christians are reticent to talk about what God has done or is doing in their lives. Shame or embarrassment or a host of other reasons might prevent us from being vulnerable enough to let others in on God’s work within. But the psalmist does not let us off the hook, even if we feel we are not articulate or are too afraid to speak.
We all likely have had the privilege of hearing another person share his/her heart and experience of hardship and God’s deliverance. It was uplifting, encouraging, and helpful. Let’s not keep our stories to ourselves. Stories are meant to be told, not hidden. Bringing to light our faith journeys is healing for all, as well as declaring that Jesus is the light of the world.
Great God of deliverance, I praise you that I have a story to tell of your grace and faithfulness. Help me to tell of your mercy in my life so that the name of Jesus will be exalted, and that your people might be built up in the faith. Amen.