Truth Tuesday – Blah or Bless?

by Kathy

psalm-103-1-2I love reading the Psalms and seeing how open and honest David is in expressing his concerns and fears to God.   One thing that has stood out to me when reading these heart felt prayers is how David had a shift in his thinking…his concerns…his fears…when he remembered who God is and would begin to praise Him.

Let me share with you an example.  In Psalm 31:9, David says this, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress, my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and by body also.”  Then in Psalm 31:14-20, his distress turns to praise – “But I trust you, O Lord; I say, You are my God….Oh how abundant is your goodness”.

This morning, before I wrote this blog, I was feeling a bit down and discouraged.  I read my morning devotion and felt like I was just going through the motions and continued to feel very blah.  I knew it was time for me to stop and offer God praise for who He is and some of the specific blessings I have received from Him and others over the last several days.  My heart was lifted.

In the book, Choosing Gratitude, Nancy DeMoss writes about interviewing a women during her Revive Our Hearts broadcast who had faithfully memorized scripture for over fifty years!  She talked about the many benefits of memorizing God’s Word.  She also mentioned that she had never really been depressed and explained that when she felt herself becoming a bit down or blue, she would quote Psalm 103.  Nancy goes on to say that  this woman then began to quote the passage from memory and with heartfelt expression.  As she got to the end of the passage, there was a hush that filled the room as people began to ponder how in the world could one ever be discouraged with all these blessings mentioned.

Last week, I shared with you how gratitude is a sacrificial discipline.  In that moment, when we feel our minds spiraling downward, we have a choice to make.  Will you remain blah or will you bless?  We can continue down the path of discouragement and listing in our minds all the things that are bugging us, which can impact our entire day…our spiritual life, our physical health and everyone around us.  Or, we can stop and be grateful to God for His many blessings.   Will it take a moment of our time to do this?  Yes!  Remember, gratitude is a sacrifice! But really, how much time are we already spending on all the negative thoughts?!  This simple, yet profound, action will give us a treasure that is priceless.  A reminder of who He is, who we belong to, and a heart uplifted!!

Will you join me today in reading psalm 103 and blessing the Lord?

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Have a grace full week blessing the Lord each day~

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