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Thankful for what He's done

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 12 months ago | 433 views Link: https://goo.gl/NQTEJM

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

King David had many challenges in his life.  As a young man, he was ridiculed by his brothers.  Later he had to flee from King Saul and was on the run for a time.  He lived with hardship, he had his family kidnapped, his men turned against him, and even his own son instituted a rebellion.  He endured criticism and sarcasm from others and his own sin grieved his heart. 

But he found encouragement in the Lord.  He recognized the Lord’s favor in his life and had a thankful heart.  That motivated him to write beautiful words relating the Lord’s goodness to him.   In 2 Samuel 22, David’s song to the Lord is recorded for us.  He said,

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in Whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.  I will call upon the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised; and I am saved from my enemies.”

David went on to review many things the Lord had done for him.  As I read over all those things, I had to reflect on the things the Lord has done for me as well.  I’m not a song writer like David, but the Lord’s graciousness has been evident in so many ways.  I had to ask myself whether I sometimes take His goodness for granted.  Do I see God’s hand in events that happen?  Do I just expect things to work out rather than knowing that it’s God Who is working all things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose?  Do I look to see how God has orchestrated circumstances to grow my faith?  Do I trust that He will deliver when things are hard?  When I see His deliverance, do I pause to thank Him?  Is my heart truly grateful for His faithfulness?  Does His faithfulness motivate my own faithfulness?  Do I tell others of His goodness?  Does His generosity enlighten my own generosity?  Is He truly the refuge to Whom I flee when I am in trouble or discouraged?  Do I turn to Him and His word when I don’t know what to do?  Do I readily call upon Him as the source of all things?

May our hearts reflect on what He has done with thankfulness and praise.

Dale

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Larry Dean

Thank you Dale.  It is good to be reminded that all we are and all we have is from Him.

Donna Dean

Amen!

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