O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever
– Psalm 136:1
As many know,the book of Psalms were written by David. But did you realize how many of those psalms were written while David was in agony and moments of extreme distress? Yet David continued writing of giving thanks, praising and singing to the Lord! This is the perfect example of having deep gratitude. Surely if David can find reasons for gratitude,
David certainly had good reason to give thanks to God. God did, afterall, choose him to be the king over Israel while he was just a young boy. David was king over all of Israel and its people! Furthermore, his first victory, killing Goliath, occurred long before that- when he was just a boy! David owed all of his triumphs over all of his enemies, including Goliath, to God. We may not have quite the same blessings as David (kingship, heroship and more) but we all have our blessings. Many Many blessings!
And yet… just like you and I….
And while God forgave David’s sin, he was not spared from paying the price of sin. He was not spared from the challenges of the human life and the sadness and grief that is part of our lives. He had to witness the unwanted pregnancy in Bathsheba. His first child died. His own son pursued to kill him. He army was defeated.
Even so, David knew that God had not left him. In fact, God declared, according to the Apostle Paul, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’ (Acts 13:22) .
Because David sought God in times of his needs. He was GRATEFUL for all of the mercies he received from God, giving thanks and recognition to the God that gave those mercies to him. And David continued to sing unto the Lord! When we show gratitude on a daily basis(such as writing in our journals!), this is one way that we too can sing unto the Lord.
The thanksgiving that David offered to God was not just because he knew it was the right thing to do or because he thought he’d get away with more…David was relieved from troubles and his sorrows through his gratitude and it was in offering thanks for His mercy that he called upon the LORD and God answered his prayers!
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
Praise Him, all you peoples,
For His mercy rules over us;
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
~Psalm 116 (117)
Have and show gratitude. It will set you on the right path. It will bring forth blessings. May God bless you forevermore.
- The way my sons enjoy wildlife and see God’s glory in it all.
- Creativity and fun that was held at the Crayola Factory this week!
- Invitation to get together from a friend.
- The sense of accomplishment & freedom at seeing clean open spaces.
- Finding messages in scripture that speak to my heart.
WHAT’S IN YOUR GRATITUDE JOURNAL THIS WEEK?