A simple word of praise to our God…

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Psalm 103: 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

I love this passage. Here the psalmist is offering a simple word of praise to God for all that he has done. God has always been faithful – and always will be.

One of the practices in the church I lead, particularly in a small group context, is to share highs and lows with one another as we prepare to pray with and for one another. I’m sure many of you do this as well, or something like it. One of our rules is that, while you don’t have to share a low (something that’s not going well for which you’d like prayer), you must share a high (something that IS going well, or for which you want to offer thanks).

Sharing a high puts us in the mindset of thanksgiving and gratitude. Sure, there are times when life is difficult and it may take a bit to clearly name a high, but there’s always something to be grateful for. God is so good to us.

One of my highs for today is writing this blog. It blesses me to start the day reading the word of God and sharing a reflection with you readers. The fact there are people who actually read this blog each time I write it is still hard for me to believe. The fact that there are so many of you (1,100 and counting) from all over the world makes my head explode! 🙂

Yet this blog is not about me. This blog is a vehicle the Lord gives to us so that he might speak to both of us through his word. Thanks for joining me here.

Heavenly Father, you are so good to us, even in difficult times. Give us hearts of gratitude to never take you for grated, but to always appreciate your many blessings. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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