Be Satisfied and Thankful

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103:1-5

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good God’s been to you when you feel surrounded by nothing but loss, sorrow, gloom, doom and despair. David was surrounded by evil just as we are today, but it was a decision of his to constantly remind himself of the goodness and faithfulness of God.

So I began to write some of the same benefits this morning. There are those things we deem basic necessities like a home, car, furniture, food, electricity and running water. Not everyone has these things. I have lived without each one of these and I’m so grateful to have them.  How about a bank account? Or here are some promises of God that we forget at times, health, peace, joy, love of family, a great church, the simple freedom to worship at all. The list went on and on until I was overcome with awe at the abundant life I have.

To focus on the plenty instead of the lack changes everything. The battle wages around us but we remain stable in His arms. Perhaps that’s why I love to read the Psalms so much. David spoke of his enemies, but he always reminded himself to trust in a trustworthy and mighty God.

Where’s your focus today? You have a choice just as David did. You can focus on the lack of money or the money you have. You can look at it as a tiny seed that will produce much or you can look at it as not enough and blow it. You can focus on what you need or what you have. Be a whiner or a winner. Murmur and complain or be thankful and happy.

Father, all that is in me will focus on You and bless Your holy name. I will not forget!

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