Thankful

Psalm 138 was written by David.  David was the greatest King of Israel and one of the most important figures in the Old Testament.  David was a man after God’s own heart and lived a great life in gratitude and praise of God.  It really is quite fitting that we would look at something written by David on Thanksgiving.

Scholars have deduced that Psalm 138 was written during David’s life as it is recorded in 2 Samuel 7.  Here is what was going on in David’s life right before he wrote this Psalm of thanksgiving to God.

David destroys the Amelkites
Saul commits suicide.  David is to succeed him as king.
David conquers the sons of Saul.  They stage a fairly valiant fight.
David unifies the Kingdom of Israel
David becomes King over Israel. 
David reclaims the great city of Jerusalem in a battle.
David conquers the Philistines.
David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem.

David knew the source of his blessings.  David knew why he won those battles.  David knew why he succeed when it looks like he would not.  David knew how he defeated Goliath.  David knew that only by God’s grace and involvement he would be the King of Israel.  David knew that he didn’t earn any of this.  God gave it to him because his heart was open to God. David recognized God in past blessings.

Recognizing God in past blessings

There is value in recognizing God’s work in our lives.  There are a few things that come to my mind that go hand in hand with this phrase.

Why do some people seem to have a joy that never fades?  Why are there those people who you just can’t bring down?  You know who I am talking about.  I have witnessed people from this congregation laugh on hospital beds.  I have seen a couple married for more than 50 years still joke around with each other and kiss right before surgery.  I have met people who smile all the time and enjoy life much more than I do and some of the worst things imaginable have happened to them.  I have seen children growing up without loving parents are proper support run and jump and play as if there is nothing wrong  in the world.

All good things come from God.  What has God blessed you with?  Have you had a friend step up in a time when you really needed one?  Good friends are a gift from God.
Are you good at what you do?  Do you enjoy a hard day’s work?  Accomplishment is a gift from God.
Take a minute to reflect on a blessing that God has given you that you might not think about often enough.

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