Some days we awaken with dull  spirits and wonder how we can shake off our weariness and make it through the day.

Here’s an idea: Like David, try lifting up your thanks to God. Use mind and memory to rekindle thankfulness for all God’s “benefits” (Ps. 103:2). Gratefulness will lead to joy.

Thank God for His forgiveness. He “forgives all your iniquities” (v.3), and “has cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19).

Thank Him for healing your diseases (Ps. 103:3). God uses infirmity and disorders to draw you more deeply into His love and care. And, one day when your Lord comes for you, He will heal all of your diseases.

Thank Him for redeeming your life from destruction (v.4). This is more than rescue from a premature death. It is redemption from death itself.

Thank Him for crowning your life “with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (v.4).

Thank the One who satisfies your desires (v.5). He is your satisfaction. Each day He renews your strength and vigour. Then your spirit can rise up and soar like the eagle.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (v.2).

Gratitude is the memory of a glad heart.


David H. Roper


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