Do you ever need to stop for a moment and remind yourself — it’s not about me?
Yeah, me too!
Today was one of those days.
I have to admit as I prepared to write this all I could think was, “I got nothin’!”
I can’t tell you how many words have been typed and deleted in this space.
And then I remembered — it’s not about me!
It’s about praising and thanking God. It’s about blessing counting.
If you live in the states and you’re busily preparing for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving celebration or even if it’s just another day on the calendar, I pray this Psalm speaks to your heart and mind. Let it sink in – through your thoughts and feelings.
The Life Application Bible says the following about the theme of Psalm 145:
A time will come when all people will join together in recognizing and worshiping God. Because God is full of love, He satisfies all who trust in Him.
Can you imagine that Thanksgiving celebration?!?!
Whether you can easily list hundred plus reasons to be thankful today or you have one or two things looming large that seem to overshadow whatever is good and feel like burdens too difficult to bear, stop for a moment and pray these words of David with me.
Because, well, it’s not about me and it’s not about you either.
Our thanks-giving is about God, who is:
- Burden bearer – He will carry this burden with you and lighten its weight if you allow Him to do so.
- Great – His goodness is beyond measure.
- Mighty and powerful throughout time and eternity.
- Glorious, majestic, and He is able to accomplish the miraculous.
- Righteous, kind, merciful, patient, loving, and compassionate.
- King – who reigns over all He has made now and for all eternity.
- Present – always near and able to hear every prayer.
- Provider – giving satisfaction today and hope for tomorrow.
- Forgiver – able to remove the burden of our sins.
- Promise Keeper – God keeps His promises — ALWAYS!
When I change my perspective and keep my focus on who God is and all He does there are countless reasons to be thankful whether it’s Thanksgiving or just another Thursday.
So stop – and pray Psalm 145 out loud. Absorb its words. Let it sink down deep and fill you with gratitude for the many blessings you and I enjoy as children of God.
A Psalm to Pray that will Bless Your Thanksgiving
I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise Your name forever and ever.
2 I will praise You every day;
yes, I will praise You forever.
3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure His greatness.
4 Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts;
let them proclaim Your power.
5 I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor
and Your wonderful miracles.
6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
I will proclaim Your greatness.
7 Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness;
they will sing with joy about Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 The Lord is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all His creation.
10 All of your works will thank you, Lord,
and Your faithful followers will praise You.
11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom;
they will give examples of Your power.
12 They will tell about Your mighty deeds
and about the majesty and glory of Your reign.
13 For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.
The Lord always keeps His promises;
He is gracious in all He does.
14 The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15 The eyes of all look to You in hope;
You give them their food as they need it.
16 When You open Your hand,
You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in everything He does;
He is filled with kindness.
18 The Lord is close to all who call on Him,
yes, to all who call on Him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The Lord protects all those who love Him,
but He destroys the wicked.
21 I will praise the Lord,
and may everyone on earth bless
His holy name forever and ever.
Amen! And Amen!
May every day be full of gratitude and thanks-giving!
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