Attitude of Gratitude

Did you hear Amy’s preach on Sunday? You can listen to it HERE, it was awesome and very encouraging. Amy spoke on gratitude, and as I was reflecting on it for the past couple of days, I was reminded of Psalm 40:1-3. (If you’ve got time read the whole Psalm, it’s a good one!).

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

I certainly can’t claim to wait patiently for the Lord like David professes to do. In fact, patience is something that God constantly is having to stretch me in. But I do know that God hears my cry. He hears my cry even when I can’t put words around it, like when you open your mouth to scream, and no sound comes out.

I love the description of being lifted out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire (which is swampy or boggy ground). God sets us not just on any rock, but the rock of our salvation, Jesus.

And yet we sometimes forget what we have to be grateful for. We let the stress of our everyday get in the way of knowing we have been saved!

How’s your attitude of gratitude today?

Why not take five minutes today to jot down as many things as you can that you are grateful to God for. Then store it in your Bible. When your struggling and life seems Arrrgh, you can go back to it and remember all that God has done and continues to do in your life.

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