Last night was fun. We watched Baylor defeat Michigan State for the National Championship. We were with friends, enjoying fajitas, and a great game as well. During the evening, Christine called from Arkansas several times to talk about the game. For years, our family has been going to these Lady Bear games. Now, it is exciting to see them do so well.
This morning, as I was reading Psalm 9, it struck me that I have many reasons to celebrate. These are reasons which have nothing to do with my team winning or something extraordinary happening in my life. I read and re-read the first two verses:
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart:
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
(Ps. 9:1-2 English Standard Version)
I have many reasons to be glad. What about you? (Sometimes we allow our frustration or anxiety to keep us from savoring what God is doing in our lives). You can probably add to this list:
- I thank God that he loves me. His love is not due to my commitment to him nor to any "success" that I have enjoyed. His love is not less when I feel weak.
- I thank God that I am his child. My relationship to him is important to him! Isn’t that incredible?
- I thank God that I am loved by some people. In my case it is my wife, children, extended family, and some friends. What does that look like in your life?
- I thank God for his "wonderful deeds". Certainly that includes the many accounts in the Bible of God at work through his people. That also includes the way he is working through his people and in my life today.
- I thank God for moments of grace that I enjoy everyday. Someone smiles at me. A person shows kindness in holding a door open. A friend calls and says, "Come watch the game with us". Someone tells a funny story and I get to enjoy laughing. A person sends me the most encouraging e-mail.
- I thank God that he loves me in my humanness. He loves me in spite of my insecurity at times. He loves even when I am so disappointed in myself. He loves me when I am very discouraged with my work or my life in general.
- I thank God for what I often take for granted. I don’t have lung cancer like Peter Jennings. I have food in my refrigerator.
- I thank God for himself. He is enough.
Note the new post on the right side-bar, From the series, "Help for Those Who Need a Second Chance." The message is entitled, "Looking Up or Looking Down?"