Devotional: Count your blessings | Short Sermon Series
It comes as no surprise, but life can be hard, and trying, and downright frustrating. Things don’t always go the way we want them to and it can be difficult for us to remember that God’s love is always with us.
In these moments, Psalm 34:1 holds the key to our happiness: I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
We see this reminder again in Philippians verse 4:4, As Paul is nearing the end of his letter to the church at Philippi, he encourages his readers to focus on the positive, which is a persistent theme in his letters.
And later in Philippians 4:8 NIV: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
With the wisdom of Psalm 34 and Paul’s letter in mind, we need to develop a habit of counting our blessings not only when things get tough, but when we are also at our happiest. Doing so will revitalize your soul and help you see that God has bestowed upon you more love than you realize. Plus, practice makes perfect. The more you recognize God’s gifts for what they are, the easier it will be to fall back on those blessings when you need them most.
Today I challenge you to set aside some time and list what God has done for you. Be specific. Think through every area of your life. Work backwards if it makes it easier. Reflect on His blessings over the past year. Now go back five years. You get the idea.
Daily Devotion adapted from “Devotional: Count your blessings” by centralusa.salvationarmy.org @salarmynorth