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Choose Gratitude


‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.’ Psalm 103:2 KJV

So there was this guy who sat on the park bench looking so depressed-looking that a policeman actually tried to console him. ‘Something the matter?’

‘Yeah,’ he replied. ‘The month before last my grandfather left me $500,000 and some holiday resorts.’

‘That doesn’t sound like something to be upset over.’

‘Yeah, but you haven’t heard the whole story. Last month my uncle left me $1,000,000.’

The policeman shook his head. ‘I don’t get it. Why are you so unhappy?’

‘So far this month, nobody’s left me anything.’

Some people are unhappy no matter what they have. The psalmist shows us how to overcome an ungrateful attitude by cultivating a spirit of thanksgiving. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.’ Thinking and thanking go hand-in-hand. An old hymn declares, ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one… see what God has done.’ The psalmist encourages us to do three things: First, think about what God has given us—His forgiveness, healing, protection, redemption, love and compassion (Psalm 103:1–5). Second, think about what God has not given us—the punishment our sins deserve (Psalm 103:8–12). Third, think about what God is one-day going to give us. ‘From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.’ (Psalm 103:17 NIV) God accepts you when you trust in Christ’s performance, not your own. So each morning look in the mirror and sing, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul, bless His holy name…’

SoulFood: Dan 3–4, Mt 8:18–27, Ps 84, Prov 2:16–19

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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