An Encouraging Word...
More Reasons for Praise
Praise the Lord, O my soul;
All my inmost being, praise his holy name,
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
I suspect that you are familiar with these great words of worship found in the opening verses of Psalm 103. In his great poem of praise, David reflects upon some of the many “benefits” that God has given to His people. Taking time to reflect upon God’s blessings can be a spiritually enriching exercise for us as it apparently was for David.
Following David’s lead, I want to encourage you to join me in a spiritual exercise this week. Set aside ten or fifteen minutes over the Thanksgiving holiday. Using pen, pencil or computer, briefly note some of God’s blessings to you in 2010. After you do this, look over your list and answer the following questions:
- Do any of these blessings stand out as things you might not have noticed without this exercise?
- Which of the blessings that you listed do you feel most thankful for today? Why?
- As you look over your list, is there anything that God’s Spirit may be prompting you to do as a result? If so, pick the most urgent action and do it.
David understood that we have to think before we thank. I hope you take some time this week to reflect upon the “benefits” God has given you. Thanksgiving is a great time to count God’s blessings. I’m sure we will never recall “all His benefits”. But if we recall even a few that we might have otherwise forgotten, we’ll still have plenty of reasons for praise.