Giving Thanks for Blessings

A Reflex Action

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior. — 2 Samuel 22:2–3, 2 Samuel 22:47

We are concerned about a person or situation. We pray fervently and ask others to join us in praying. We remind God of His promises in Scripture. We look at the Cross and thank Him for His immeasurable love. But when He graciously responds, is our reflex action heartfelt praise and impassioned thanksgiving? Probably not often enough.

Delivered from Saul, David celebrated God’s goodness with a joyous psalm, but the Lord doesn’t require original songs of praise from us. Like any parent, He simply loves to hear “thank you!”

And, wonderfully, we can pray David’s words of praise as our prayer of thanks. After all, the same God who protected David from Goliath and Saul is our Rock, our Fortress, and our Deliverer, saving us from our enemies and protecting us from “torrents of destruction” (v. 5). Thank you, David, for giving us words that express our hearts!

Lord, transform my heart so that it reflectively gives thanks when I notice your blessings.

Excerpted with permission from The Story Devotional, copyright Zondervan.

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