As I woke up this morning, I whispered a prayer of thanks to Jesus. Thank you, Lord, I am still alive ... that I am with my family ... that there was no earthquake ... I found a thousand and more reasons to be grateful as I reflected on Psalms 33.
1. I thank God for His beautiful creation (33:6-9). Looking at the work of His hands, how can He be mindful of me? I remembered the movie 'Horton Heard a Who' where Horton heard a cry of help from a speck of dust. My Lord who created everything doesn't just hear me, He sees me... He knows every detail about me...He understands me (33:19). Seeing His creation and seeing 'me' --- I feel so unworthy of the attention He gives me. I am but a speck of dust but He chose me to be His child... He chose me!
2. I thank God that He is sovereign and that His plans for me will always prevail. Ps.33:11 says 'The counsel of the Lord stands forever. The plans of His heart from generation to generation'. I am thankful because by His grace alone, I have surrendered my life - my plans, my hopes, my dreams to Him. I thank Him that by His loving kindness He has "nullified" (Ps.33:10) the wrong decisions that I made. With Him, I am secure!
3. My heart rejoices in Him because I trust in His Holy Name (Ps. 33:21) and I know that He will deliver my soul from death and famine (33:19), from trials and adversities. He is my help and my shield. With the recent earthquakes, 'wars and rumors of wars', I would have reason to fear but God has comforted me again and again. "His eye is on those who fear Him --- on those who hope for His lovingkindness (Ps. 33:18). "
"The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him and I am helped.
Therefore my heart exalts
and with my song I shall thank Him."
Spurgeon said 'The best answer we can have at times is simply the statement that He hears'. As I trust Him and His sovereign will, I am helped... I am strengthened...I am thankful.
Have a blessed day!