Daily Devotional

March 12, 2019

Slow Down and Practice Gratitude

Psalm 145:6–9
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.


Written by: Ian Rock

Welcome to another day. Whether you woke up naturally or to an alarm, you likely rolled over with that first deep breath of the morning and began thinking about what was ahead. For some of us, there’s a great excitement to each day, and for others that first breath is immediately followed by stress and fear. Regardless of how great or tough this current season may be, today is another shot to love and be loved.

Going through the Psalms can feel a bit like reading through our own thoughts. Our emotions, excitement, hope, and fear all vary day to day. The Psalms show us those ups and downs written out. One day, the psalmist may write a love letter to God. The next, it may be one of fear, abandonment, and being unable to hear or feel God. There is a constant theme that plays through the highs and lows of the Psalms—gratitude.

The writer models the power of celebrating what God has done in our lives and the lives of others. No matter what season we are in, it’s essential for us to slow down and practice gratitude. It aligns our perspective to where our help comes from and that God is the one who empowers the great things in our lives. At the same time, it can foster hope in desperate times. Reflecting on what God has done and how much he loves us can bring the peace of knowing that He’s able to do those great things again.

19-Devo-3.12Thought of the day: What are some of the things that you can be thankful for today? It could be health, family, peace, safety, provision, or a myriad of other things. Are there any areas you need God’s help?

Prayer: God, thank You for the amazing things you’ve done in my life and for the breath in my lungs today. Help me to make the most of today through loving You and others. Give me the perspective to know that, just as you’ve come through in the past, you can do the same great things again. Amen.

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