“What do you saaay?”Good parents teach their kids that saying “thank you” is important. Saying thank you isn’t just polite, it’s GOOD for us! In our grown-up world, thank you notes are almost a lost art! In 2 Samuel 22, David didn’t just write a thank you note to God, in typical David style he wrote a song. It’s a song of thanksgiving that was later added to the Hebrew hymnal as Psalm 18. David’s thank you song shows the benefits of gratitude to God and how we can get better at telling Him thanks more consistently.
In the first few verses, David reflected on how God delivered him in battle: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior…in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior…”2 Samuel 22:2–4 (NLT)
David didn’t just celebrate his victories in battle with a parade through the city, he stopped to remember and give thanks to God who delivered him. Are you in a battle right now? As tough as battles can be, without battles in life, there would be no victory celebrations much less reasons to be grateful to God for deliverance. Tough times grow our faith and point us to our true source.
Throughout this song David recalled the specific ways God had delivered him. Verse 32 stands out reminding us God’s way is “perfect” and His promises are “true!” What can we learn from David’s song of thanksgiving to God? Back to our example of thank you notes.
- Ever forget to send one? How did it feel? How often do we forget to stop and thank our Heavenly Father our only true source of power, blessing, and deliverance?
- What if you weren’t specific in a thank you note? David was specific about how God had delivered him. We need to be regularly reminded in detail what God has done for us!
- Ever write a thank you note to yourself – an absurd thought? How often do we get the idea that we accomplished things in our own strength instead of thanking our “Savior, Rock, and Refuge?”
- One last question to ponder: Are we quick to write a complaint letter, but rarely a thank you note? Ouch! God invites us to vent, but how dare we complain without also thanking Him for His blessings.
- Practicing gratitude to God will also shift our “stinkin’ thinkin.” When our thought pattern becomes “head trash” we need to do a little less thinking and a lot more THANKING.
- One more reason to practice daily gratitude to God, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) says: “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
So, what’s the takeaway? Gratitude to God is good for us because it lifts our spirits, shifts our negative thoughts, and reminds us of His greatness, protection, and love.
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