Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Satan's sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude . Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully, ungrateful for what God gave... that was the fall! Ingratitude... humanity's discontent with all that God freely gives. (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts)
Psalm 103 has for the past several years been my most prayed prayer. It is one that pierces me, convicts me, and restores me to a place of gratitude... Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name. David, the imperfect man of God that he was, is seen here speaking to himself, actually speaking to his soul. He beckons the core of his being to shed itself of the busyness, selfishness, fear, and doubt that lead to the sin of ungratefulness. He reminds himself that God has been good! God has redeemed and restored his people. He has crowned us with love and compassion. David, rebukes his ungrateful heart and commands it to bless the Lord.
I began this week of fasting with the intention of boldly praying for direction, asking God to have mercy on His daughter seeking only to follow Him and His plan for her family, her future, and her life. I began this week of prayer expecting God to give in and bring light to my confusion and answers to my impatient heart. But I have no answers, I do not yet know the will of God for my husband and me. I know not what the future holds for our family. But I join David in pleading with my soul to simple bless the name of the Lord. He is good; He is mercy; He is grace. He, the creator of heavens and earth, has crowned us with His glory, and who am I that He should be mindful of me? (Psalm 8).
In my search for answers, He has brought me to gratitude. He has reminded my aching soul that He has been good. My life is overflowing with blessing, and in that blessing, my soul will bless the Lord.
I am just a simple person who is trying to follow God the best I can. For He has changed my life and my heart. He has shown me what it is to love and to serve. And I spend my days trying to imitate His example wherever I am.