No matter who's watching

Sunday, November 20, 2022

"Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name." Psalm 18:49 

Gratitude is not a light thing when you consider prolonged seasons of difficulty. I think that's how David felt when he wrote Psalm 18. 

He did all the right things. He served Saul. He honored him, just to be mistreated. Challenge after challenge, David chose to honor Saul. Obedience to God required honoring the king. Saul turned out to be quite a difficult person to serve. I can imagine the relief David felt once all of those trials were over. 

Life didn't get easy for David. There was family drama with Absalom. There were other barriers to overcome. David relied on his faith in God to keep going. We know from his writings that he prayed a lot. I can imagine the trials being so strong that David didn't care who watched him thank God for coming through for him. 

It is easy to thank God when we are among Christians. Thanking God among people who don't believe what we believe is a different story. 

Do you thank God for your food when no one on the table is a Christian? When you speak of God's blessings with a non-Christian friend, do you credit God for blessing you or do you skip that part?

Whether our seasons of difficulty are prolonged or not, I encourage you to thank God, no matter who's watching. 

Prayer: I thank You God for my many blessings. I will continue to thank you all my days, no matter who is around me. I praise you for being so good to me. In Jesus' name, Amen.