Devotional

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”- Psalm 103:2. 

David is telling himself to never forget the good things God has done. Fast forward thousands of years and we too can sometimes forget all the things God has already done in our lives. So many times we ask the Lord for blessings in prayer and forget to give thanks when we receive them. And we also forget to give thanks for the things we didn’t ask for, but the Lord knew we needed them and gave them to us out of His love for us. When asking for blessings today, we need to remember to thank God for all the blessings we have already received. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

We have so much to be grateful for in this life. But we lose sight of the fact when we face setbacks or trials in our lives. Or we are so busy that we don’t make time to pause and give thanks, for all that God has done, and continues to do in our lives. We’re strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.

Do I praise God and give thanks so He gets the glory and others can see His goodness and kindness? We can always be thankful to God in all circumstances. 

“The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and it is His blessings that make it difficult. Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere”  ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (Jan. 22)

The quote above from Oswald Chambers is a reminder for me to be thankful in all circumstances and not to forget the good ones that I can so quickly take for granted.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is it hard for you to be thankful in every circumstance? Why?
  2. What can we do this week to show God more gratitude for all He has done for us?