FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:6 (NIV)
WALKING THROUGH EMOTIONAL DARKNESS: EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS
“I walked a mile with pleasure, she chatted all the way but left me none the wiser with all she had to say. I walked with sorrow, and not a word said she, but oh the things I learned from her when sorrow walked with me.” (Adrian Rogers)
In Psalm 13, David learned a lot about God and himself as he walked through tragedy. And what he learned led him to break out in song about God’s goodness. And God’s goodness laid the foundation for David’s gratitude. The phrase David used means “to treat someone well.” The psalm closes, therefore, with expressions of joy, thankfulness, triumph. Though it begins with depression and sadness, it ends with joy.
When we realize that God doesn’t owe us anything it changes our perspective. We then realize that everything we have is a gift from God. That moves us from a place of entitlement or bitterness to a place of gratitude and joy. Have you ever considered a gratitude journal? Try writing down 5 things a day that you are grateful for for five days in a row.
Start now by listing five things you are grateful to God for. Praise God for those five things.