He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
Far too often my prayers had become weak in praises and, instead, replete with petitions. “Dear God, I need…”
And simply altering the focus from requesting tangible things (food, shoes, clothes, etc) to intangible (someone’s salvation or a good dose of peace and strength) didn’t invoke more of God’s blessings or get quicker responses from Him.
Whether tangible or intangible, I’d totally missed the point.
I searched for scripture I could memorize that would chisel thankfulness from this heart of mine. I didn’t have to look far.
Praise the Lord, O my soul. All that is within me, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Psalm 103:1-2a
Hmm. God’s benefits?
He forgives all my sins (I have a few), heals all my diseases, redeems my life from the pit (even the really deep ones) and crowns me with love and compassion.
Darn good reasons to be grateful.
But wait. There was more. The Psalmist said there were things God hadn’t done, things He won’t do…
He won’t always accuse, nor harbor His anger forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs (vs 9-10).
Good golly, am I ever thankful for what God hasn’t done.
I considered the verses in Lamentations 3:22-23a…
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.
Another darn good reason to be thankful for what God hasn’t done. And He hasn’t done a lot to you, either.
Let’s be ever so thankful.