Psalm 103 encourages gratefulness.
In the hustle of life, it is easy to forget the ways in which we are blessed. Good things might even become commonplace, so it is easy to forget to be grateful.
Not always, but sometimes in the busyness, you and I forget to be thankful for the good things in our lives.
Amid a storm, we also may forget. Everything around us is crumbling and falling, so it is hard to focus on what is good.
Psalm 103 encourages us to always be grateful.
David opens and closes the Psalm with this encouragement.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me,” writes David in verses 1-2.
He says in verse 22, “Praise the Lord everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord.”
Psalm 103 gives us some reasons to always be grateful.
We can all make a list of good things in our lives, and David offers a few suggestions for the list.
- The Lord’s forgiveness.
- The Lord’s help.
- The Lord’s dependable track record.
- The Lord’s character. Verses 8-11 say, “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins. He does not deal harshly with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.”
What is on your list? Try making a list and giving thanks for it daily.
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