Recently, I read an article where the author told of a gratitude list she had made where it almost felt like a “to-do list” or a “grocery list” and it resonated with me. The word “entitled” came to my thought; a word that I dislike and I began to wonder if that was how I somehow felt about God. Did I really appreciate God with all my heart or did I take Him for granted? Immediately, Psalms 9:1,2 came to mind where it states, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
Yes, I will pray with those two verses to keep my gratitude fresh and joyous!
This is a familiar story to any Bible student and as I work and pray with it this morning, new thoughts appear. I have always heard that the battle is God’s and “let go and let God” and today it has become clearer to me how David used those words. He wasn’t comparing himself with Goliath since that would have been foolish humanly since there was no comparison, but he was comparing Goliath with God and there is no comparison there! 1 Samuel 17:47 states, “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” This was David talking to Goliath and clearly, he was depending on God for his strength. We all know who won this battle.
This morning while at my desk, studying and praying, I noticed there was not much joy in my praying. Almost immediately, I began to think of everything I had to be grateful for and was instantly repentant for my thinking. Then I opened the Bible to Luke 6:37 where it reads, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” This includes my thoughts about me. Today I will be gentle with myself! That makes it easier to be gentle with others.
As I pray this morning, my thought, like many Americans, is on the upcoming election. Pondering this and recognizing the discomfort I am feeling, I am reminded that whoever is elected is not my Savior and there is a higher government and that is God’s! In praying about this, I need to understand more of the nature of the God I worship. That nature is Love and Truth and Spirit and is impartial and loving all. My prayer needs to be more about the office rather than the personality. Today I will pray with John 16:33 which reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That is very clear and I will trust this election and leave the outcome to God as I continue to pray,