Sunday, July 24, 2016

Psalm 138

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.

Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called you answered me;
you built up strength within me.

The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Though I walk amid distress, you preserve me;
against the anger of my enemies you raise your hand.

Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.

Our psalm today asks us to develop an attitude. It encourages us to be thankful.

They say the number one happiness habit is being appreciative. Fostering an attitude of gratitude. Not just feeling but expressing thankfulness.

Writing a thank-you notes. Counting your blessings and literally listing them until your haves overwhelm your have-nots. Being courteous.

“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” 

Don’t make your acts random and senseless. Make them planned, intentional and habitual. Attach them to people around you so you can infect them with happiness also.

When it’s truly expressed to God and others, it both changes us and means that we have been changed already.