The Posture of Gratitude.

13 Dec

Each morning I do a devotion from my book called Solo: An Uncommon Devotional. This morning was a particularly helpful exercise and I wanted to share it with you.

The book invites you to:  Take out a clean sheet of paper and fill the page with all the things you are thankful for, big and small. Include items like names of people, elements of creation, God-orchestrated events and timing, and small things you often overlook. When you’re finished, thank God for those blessings he is giving you today as well as those blessings he gave you months or even years ago.

A little section of my "Thankful page"

The book then invites you to read Psalm 75:1-4:

(Message Version)

We thank you, God, we thank you — your Name is our favorite word; your mighty works are all we talk about.

You say, “I’m calling this meeting to order, I’m ready to set things right. When the earth goes topsy-turvy and nobody knows which end is up, I nail it all down, I put everything in place again.

I say to the smart alecks, ‘That’s enough,’ to the bullies, ‘Not so fast.'”

For those who still love a more traditional version of scripture, like me, here’s Psalm 75:1-4 in ESV:

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

At the set time that I appoint, I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah

I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn.’

The book invites you: Based on a general outline of the expanded passage, take the list you made and prayerfully write your own psalm (poem) to God. Be creative and personal. (Nobody has to read what you write.) When you are finished, use your psalm to worship God. Read it aloud at least once.

This exercise was very helpful to me considering the stress I’ve been under because of recent events. An ugliness has clouded my vision, and I’ve struggled seeing the good around me. God cracked the hard shell I had placed around my heart to remind me that I have a billion things to be thankful for. I am thankful to be reminded to have a posture of gratitude.

I want to leave you with the psalm I wrote this morning during this activity. I invite you to do the same, and maybe this exercise will help remind you of the beauty that is life, and all the amazing things God has blessed you with.

I thank you God, I thank you. You are Love, you are Life. You are the very essence of the air I breathe, you are the creator who’s handprints cover all of creation.

I thank you God, I thank you for family. You brought us together, you designed this tight-knit web that holds us together.

I thank you God, I thank you for change. I thank you for the challenges and struggles that are continually molding me into who you intended me to be.

I thank you God, I thank you for New Orleans. I thank you for the oak trees, the streetcars, and the music pouring out into the streets. I thank you for cobble stone, and poboys, and the beautiful people who call this city home.

When nothing seems right, when the world seems to be crumbling around me, you steady the trembling.

You arrange everything according to your design, and you remind me who is in control. Selah

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