This morning I woke up with an emotional heaviness. The world is dark outside, and as I wearily stumble to my place of prayer, my heart feels dark as well. My prayers start out slowly, I sound like a complainer at first, but then, graciously the Spirit begins stirring, using His Word, speaking to my heart and thankfully—supernatural change begins.
It’s pretty amazing how that happens.
God is truly THE gracious heart-changer.
I open up the pages to read today’s Psalm and David is echoing my cry:
[box]Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me;
For I am afflicted and needy . . .
O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
For to You I cry all day long.
Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Psalm 86:1–4)[/box]
While I pour out my complaint, the Spirit is at work. He begins reminding me of the Father’s goodness. He takes me to past events and allows me to revisit His amazing providential care. The heart turning comes slowly at first, but then He leads me through the doorway to joy:
[box]I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.
For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. (vv. 12–13)[/box]
Thanksgiving truly is the doorway to joy.
When I turn away from what looks painful and confusing to me, and begin recounting all the ways He’s demonstrated true love to me . . . my heart begins to grow warm again and joy picks up the beat. The day is filled with possibility and hope returns.
He graciously provides the clear instruction that allows the heart-change to happen:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
Join me in giving thanks today?
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