Thanksgiving is that weirdly beautiful time of year when everyone takes a second to remember what they’re thankful for. That’s the beautiful part. The weird part is when we all chuckle to each other, “Why don’t we do this every day?!”
And then it becomes our New Year’s Resolution to be more thankful. And then life happens.
Anybody? (Insert hand raising emoji)
Being thankful is one of God’s natural therapies to the stress of life.
King David is famous for starting out his musings with the lowest groans of pain or suffering, lament or disgust and then wildly turning them into a song of praise and thanksgiving.
It’s like the human part of him acknowledges the (crap emoji) of life, but then allows the Spirit part of him to take over.
Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord;
See how I am afflicted by those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
That I may tell aloud all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem)
I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help.
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness;
My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!
King David must have been such an interesting person to be around. So conflicted, yet so free. So toiled, yet so surrendered. So intensely focused on his reality, yet even more aware of what was to come.
There’s so much we can learn about ourselves through this man. But even more so, there’s so much we can know about God through him.
God is patient in our weakness.
God is long-suffering in our confliction.
God is present in our storms.
God is active in our battles.
God is rest in the midst of our strife.
God is ever loving at our worst.
God is ever loving at our best.
God doesn’t move, when our world does.
I see why David wrote so often about thanksgiving. It wasn’t a once a year thing for him; it was every single day.
It’s therapy. It’s necessary. It’s life giving and sustaining.
I’m ready for a little more therapy in my life, how about you?
Grab a piece of paper, set a 10 minute timer, and write as many things as you can that remind you what you're thankful.
You might be surprised at your ending list.