40 Days in the Psalms – Day 15

Ps 71 – “Just as each day brims with your beauty, O GOD, my mouth brims with praise.”

Gratitude and praise change everything.

They turn a critical spirit into a generous one. They heal bitterness. They transform our expectations and nourishes our relationships. They deliver us from the culture of suspicion and cynicism.

GratitudeThe grateful heart leads to a life well-lived. Perhaps that’s why Paul writes: “In everything gives thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we speak words of praise and gratitude, those words have the capacity to transform a life, a marriage, a family, and a friendship.

Gratitude and praise change everything.

For the Eeyores among us — the pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, stuffed donkeys (see Winnie the Pooh) — there’s always a good reason to feel down; too much work, too much conflict, too much heartache, too much suffering, too much uncertainty. If want reasons to withdraw and be miserable, those reasons abound. But the Psalmist issues an irrefutable reminder: “Each day brims with God’s beauty.”

Indeed it does.

We may fail to see it, but our failure does not diminish it. The beauty of God surrounds us, pours over us, and peeks unexpectedly at us — in nature and certainly in each other.

Our senses seem most keenly attuned to the darkness. We see shadows all the time, but not the Light. We see the ashes but not the beauty emerging from them. We see danger more than we see wonder.

Yet, “Each day brims with God’s beauty.”

On this 15th day of Lent, let’s resolve to see a day brimming with God’s beauty and to have mouths brimming with praise. This Friday will have moments of glory, wonder, and beauty tucked in the most unexpected places. Keep your eyes open.

Breath Prayer for Today:  “Grateful for your beauty, Lord.”

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4 Responses to 40 Days in the Psalms – Day 15

  1. Cheri Cancelliere says:

    Gratitude and praise really do change everything! I have just spent two very stressful and miserable weeks and each time that I prayed, God simply encouraged me to praise him no matter. I love this version of Psalm 111 from The Message.

    “Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got – Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation. God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study – endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial – This God of Grace, this God of Love.”

    How can we not smile and rejoice as we serve and rest in the love of such a wonderful Lord?

  2. Janet and Ian says:

    Thank you David and Cheri,
    I have just been through a painful time of refining and I didn’t like it one bit! It’s very easy to focus on the problems and completely miss the beauty in the situation (it’s also much easier to justify my reasons for my actions!!). However, there is plenty to praise God for and His working in our lives is always beautiful, regardless of the pain, because He is doing it out of love for us. Yes, let’s praise Him for the beauty of who He is and also those He places around us.

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