1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
3 On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
I love how this Psalm begins by talking about doing something with our whole hearts, as opposed to doing things "half-heartedly." How many things do we actually do whole-heartedly?
We are committed to so many things that it's hard to give full commitment to any one particular thing. So we divide our mental, emotional, and spiritual resources; each part of our lives gets a fraction of our full attention, focus, and commitment.
What would it mean to be fully committed to gratitude for God? To be thankful with our whole heart? I think it would require time and dedication. It would require devotion. In order to be people of whole-hearted thanks, we would have to be truly committed to prayer, to thanking God for what we have been given. We'd have to set time aside rather than simply fitting it in here and there. It's a challenge!
It's not that we are called to abandon all of the many commitments of our lives. But it does seem like we need more focus and more direct attention to our prayer and our gratitude. Let's be inspired by the Psalmist today and try to give ourselves fully to a prayer of thanks to God.