There are many "gods" in my day-to-day life vying for my adoration. The god of my persona generally has my attention with the god of control always competing for first place. I like that the author of Exodus doesn't hold back: there's other gods. No ifs, ands or buts, they're out there and most times it's easier to surrender to them than God. But what has those gods did for you?
For me, bending my knee to them has given me anxiety, stress, and depression. Not really good feelings. The gods I was chasing were very self-serving, selfish in every way. And so the rewards weren't awesome in praises or wondrous, but heart-wrenching. Following God is different.
God set the stage of His wonders with the creation of the world, through the miracles and prophecies of the Old Testament, birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and daily via His Holy Spirit. Which in turn prompts our praises, our thankfulness of His steadfast hand in our lives.
Make it Personal
Though everyday might not be good, there is good in everyday. What are you thankful to God for today?
Consider starting a thankful journal, where you bullet point night short praises to God.