A Season of Psalms - Psalm 30: 1-3, 12
Psalm 30:1-3, 12
“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit…my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
When you ask children what they’re thankful for, you get a variety of answers. One little boy said he was thankful for “dinosaurs and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.” Another said he was thankful for “snowmen, Daddy, and quesadillas.” Children say the darnedest things, but simultaneously it shows us their gratitude for the little things that we adults often overlook or take for granted.
David poured out his soul to God with a thankful heart. Hard-pressed on every side by those who sought him harm, David thanked and praised God for protection from his enemies; healing; restoration of life rather than death in Sheol; turning mourning into dancing; removing his rags of sackcloth and clothing himself with robes of gladness. Although David’s heart was thankful for major victories won and kingdoms conquered, he didn’t forget to thank God for the smaller things in his life. For them, his heart was bursting with gratitude and praise.
When was the last time your heart was bursting for the goodness of God? If it’s been too long, inventory all of the things for which you have to be grateful, and thank Him individually for everything He’s done and what He’s provided. By the end of your list, your heart will be exuberant for what He has given. He has done great things. You’re living proof. Praise Him today!
Further Reading: Psalm 107:1-9; Philippians 4:4-7
Pray with me:
Father, today we give you thanks for many things. Thank you, oh my Father, for giving us Your Son, and leaving Your Spirit till the work on Earth is done. This is our grateful prayer, offered in Jesus’ name, Amen.