Being grateful for all of God’s blessings makes such a difference in our lives. Every day, as part of my morning ‘routine’, I write in my ‘thanks journal.’ I write down at least five things I am thankful for from the day before and lift up a little prayer of thanksgiving to God. It is important to me to recognize all God does for me.
In hospitals and hospice care they asses a person’s spiritual vitality by measuring the patients’ gratitude towards God. Psychologists have identified gratitude as a powerful force in the lives of people who are healthy and resilient. When one is truly thankful for the things one has in life, it shows in their attitude.
In life all is not roses. Trials and sufferings will come. These things are inevitable. They are a part of life. As with the Psalmist, we too know God is with us in both the good and the bad. In the bad, God offers us relief from all sorts of suffering and oppression. When we experience God’s liberation, or response is grateful praise. The psalmist wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” When we have an attitude of gratitude it is natural to want to share how good God is with others.
When our normal mode of operation is to recognize God as the giver of all good things, then we know Him as good and through this can better weather life’s storms. In these times of trial we can go to God for peace, comfort, strength, … in prayer, in reading His Word, in worship. When we know the Lord is good through our daily practice of gratitude, the darkness is not as deep and we know there is His light at the end of the trial. God is good. When we live and acknowledge this often, we are blessed by His presence all of the time, in both the good and the bad.
Scripture reference: Psalm 34: 1-8