You’re Not Good Enough…Be Thankful

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is really hard to live a life of thankfulness. I’m pretty good at showing gratitude for a one-time gift. But being thankful constantly, in all things? If I’m honest, I’m actually more of a pity party person.

Why is that? Psalm 107:1 says,

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!”

God’s love endures for how long?

Forever! My little mind can’t wrap itself around that concept!

I had a pity party just a few days ago. I easily justified it because I was upset about “good” things. I wished I had more time to spend with my friends, I felt bad that I hadn’t spent very much time with the Lord, and I tried to blame myself for everything that was going poorly that week.

While I had forgotten exactly what I was upset about by the next day, these ideas were still the undercurrent of my thoughts: I wasn’t a good enough friend. I wasn’t a good enough Christian. I wasn’t a good enough student.

That evening a few of my friends made a very kind, although small, gesture; one they probably didn’t think twice about. In fact, if they were reading this they probably would have no idea what I was talking about. But I drove home that night struck by the thought that it didn’t matter whether or not I thought I was a good enough friend. My friends still loved me. Our friendship rested solely on what they did for me and I could do nothing in return to earn it.

Let’s take a look at a few more verses from Psalm 107.

Psalm 107:9-12,

“For he satisfies the longing soul,

and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

prisoners in affliction and in irons,

for they had rebelled against the words of God,

and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;

they fell down, with none to help.”

Take a moment and make a list of what the people in this passage are or were experiencing.

-Longing soul

-Hungry soul

-In darkness

-Facing death

-Prisoners

-Rebels against the word of God

-Laborers

-Without a helper

Does any of this sound familiar? These are the characteristics of someone before salvation. This is what I would be without Christ!

Another word for “bowed”is “humbled.”Each person has to be humbled, to realize they are fallen, before they see the need for a Savior.

And that’s what happened in this passage.

Psalm 107:13-14

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

and burst their bonds apart.”

Where did they cry to the Lord from?

In their trouble!

What did he do?

He delivered them!

Not only that, but the text says that he “burst their bonds apart.”I love the word burst because it paints such a vivid picture in my mind. The chains of sin exploded because they could not get away from the redeemed one fast enough!

This may seem like I’ve taken a turn from the topic of thankfulness. But my friends showed me the gospel last week. Because what they did is how it is with God, too. I can’t actually be a “good enough Christian”for him, I can’t earn his love. And even though the love of my friends may fade, God’s love will not. This is the ultimate thing that I have to be thankful for.

I encourage you to read the entire Psalm we looked at, but here is the last verse:

Psalm 107:43

“Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;

let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”

Consider it, my friend. Meditate on it. Be encouraged by the great love of our God.

When I fix my eyes on the right thing, it isn’t hard to be thankful.

I hope this Thanksgiving you are able to spend time with family and friends whose love for you is finite but who show you a tiny glimpse of the infinite love of God. And I hope when you see it, that you are thankful.

 

 

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