A Season for Humble Gratitude, Part 2

Sometimes it can be a challenge to give God daily praise, even when we possess the knowledge of His love and faithfulness. If you find yourself in this situation, the Psalms are often a great source to get you back on track.

Psalm 116 is an extraordinary expression of love—addressed to God. “How do I love Thee, God?” It reminds me of Browning’s poem: “Let me count the ways.” In counting the ways, the psalmist sets forth several magnificent truths about God’s goodness and deliverance.

I love the LORD, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.
The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. (Psalm 116:1–7)

How do we love our God? We love Him by counting the many ways He has been good to us and, as the psalmist did, by sharing His goodness with others. What does God desire? Our humble thanks. Our heartfelt gratitude. He wants us to be hungry for life, to treasure every day He entrusts to us. When you have a quiet moment, read the entire 116th Psalm, and pause several times to express your own heart of gratitude to our loving Lord.

Let the wonder of the season wash over you again. God loves you and me with every bit of His heart, to the extent that He gave us the very best gift: life, wrapped up in the form of His one and only Son. It’s this life—the abundant life—that Jesus promised. This is the true spirit of the season.

Let’s be humbly grateful.

—Chuck

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  • Bo Davidson

    Wow. I love these posts. They always seem to hit exactly the issues I’m going through. As I get older I am constantly learning less of me and more of God. Part of this awareness is humility and gratitude. The humility I am learning is that I’m not deserving of anything God has given me. I do not deserve to have a car. To have good health. To have a place to live. To have a job. To have a wife. I do not deserve any of it, even if I worked hard for particular outcomes. How many times do we work hard only to have our predicted outcomes result in something else entirely?
    Everything I have has been given by God. Even the things I wish I could change. The beat up car. The second hand clothes. God has really caused me to be more grateful for what I do have because I think a big part of humility is accepting that even your expectations must be submitted to God. When you put things in that perspective, you are grateful for any sort of mercy and benevolence God happens to bestow upon you.
    This in turn has led me also to be less judgemental of others. Who am I to say that the person who has to shop at the thrift stoe for clothing isn’t receiving God’s mercy and grace in that moment? It may not be the world’s ideal but maybe it’s God’s ideal and provision for that person in question?
    Gratitude/humility/respect are all linked.