Today’s chapter: 2 Samuel 22
Recently my youngest son was working in an activity book. One of the activities had a man holding a fishing pole at the top of the page. To solve the puzzle and catch the fish, he had to circle which fishing line was the right one. The problem was there was a jumble of curvy lines in the middle of the page. All those tangled lines obscured which was the correct line.
My son solved the puzzle by working backward and starting with the fish, then carefully tracing the line back to the source. Then he was able to “catch the fish” and avoid getting tangled up. But the answer wasn’t obvious. He had to take the time to trace it all the way back.
It’s important that we regularly take time to do that in life, too. We need to trace our blessings back to the Source and remember where they came from.
As we accumulate stuff over time, our lives begin to look more and more like that activity page. The more stuff we have, the harder it gets to see the source. It’s ironic that the more we have, the less grateful we tend to be. We have to work harder at seeing the source, so we can avoid getting all tangled up.
This appendix to David’s story gives us a hymn of praise written by David early in his reign as king. He begins and ends his song by calling God his Rock and Deliverer. He recognizes God’s hand in every good thing in his life, remembers the tough times He has brought him through, and he wants to be sure to express gratitude for all the blessings.
It’s important that we take time to recognize our blessings, and then respond to them with gratitude. If we don’t turn our blessings into praise, they turn into pride. We’ll get tangled up and start to take credit for what God has done on our behalf. Let’s develop the habit of tracing the good things in our lives back to the Source and thanking Him for providing for us and blessing us in so many ways.
Don’t let this be a day you simply “read it” and don’t “do it.” Don’t be so busy enjoying your blessings that you don’t pause to thank God for them. Reflect on the experiences God has brought you through and pinpoint the ways He has answered your prayers and moved in your life.
What are you thankful for?