I will give thanks to the Lord with my
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Sometimes when we are hurting the last thing we want to do is give thanks to the Lord.
Instead we look down and in, but not up.
And we feel worse and we can get stuck.
If we are not careful to guard our hearts, especially during the difficult times, we can make matters worse with poor choices and our healing will be prolonged.
But our hero, Jesus Christ, is by our side, never more than a prayer away. So even if we don’t feel like it, we just do it. We ask Him for help and then start to praise Him.
Praise Him because He is a marvelous God who forgives all our sins and loves us just the same, never leaving. He is a merciful high priest who understands our suffering better than we do because He suffered so much worse in ways we may never totally understand.
And He has these really good plans for our lives if only we will stop running in circles we create from our own craziness and do life His way.
With the psalmist, let’s lift our voices and revel in the wonder of the One from whom all blessings flow.
And if we put our heart in His hands and open our eyes anew, we will begin to see the glory of the Lord and the blessings He bestows all around our wounded-heart selves.
But we must keep at it with a heart that believes God’s word. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Believing is that monumental. Believing is seeing. And our faith pleases God.
Today, let us not harden our hearts, but in humility yield them to the lover of our souls.
When we finally refuse to give into our negative feelings, we will command our souls to live in line with His precious, powerful word.
And giving His word first place in our hearts brings healing…