You know how sometimes you just feel down and out?
Like there’s nothing wrong and everything wrong at the same time? You can’t really verbalize any one thing that upset you, but you feel like you could bite someone’s head off just the same?
Yeah. I’ve been there more often than I care to admit. And in those situations, I know I need to act fast because the deadly poison of discontentment spreads fast.
I need to stop and reflect on who God is and all He has done. That’s the antidote for a bummed heart.
I take out a scrap piece of paper and start to scrawl:
- a God who takes me back again and again
- a Savior who loves with no strings attached
- my baby girl’s grin after a satisfying feeding
- morning sun streaming over my back yard
- a loving husband who works hard every day to take care of us
- a functional furnace
- sweet reunion with old friends after too many years apart
- yummy ice cream scooped over warm brownies
- a one-line email that made me smile
I write hesitatingly at first, but after the fourth bullet point my pencil struggles to keep up with the outpouring of praise. My sagging shoulders lift and a smile spreads across my lips as I count one blessing after another. Not even a minute goes by and a praise song bubbles up in my heart; my mood is remarkably different.
The psalmist says as much:
1 It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
“It is good to praise the Lord.” What an understatement!
Yes, it’s our duty. And yes, it’s our privilege. But even more than that: it does the heart good.
So go ahead. Give it a try: What are you thankful for today? What reasons do you have to praise the Lord? Let me know in the comments section. I promise it will do your heart good.