A psalm of gratitude

For who you are and for the things you do … I have come to offer you my very best  – my heart and soul. Way beyond my words and songs; way beyond the sight and sound, is my grateful heart that I am offering to you, Lord!

Lord you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence!

Everything you do is marvellously breath-taking! It simply amazes me to think about it – how thoroughly you know me, Lord. You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book!

You knew my mistakes before I made them; you knew my failures before I failed. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness, you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. You are well acquainted with my weaknesses, fears and doubts. Yet, you have accepted me and loved me through it all. You’re the Victor in all my battles!

You are thinking of me every single moment! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought. Such truth fills me with awe and wonder. I am the cynosure of all creations because I am your primary assignment. I am the apple of your eyes, your highest delight and greatest joy! You sing over me; you sing with me and dance with me with inexplicable gladness!

Lord, You are excellent in all Your ways; Your eye watches over me all times Lord. You complete me so others can see You in me; You are the source of my self-worth. My worries cease in Your promises, Lord! My troubles become Your victories.

Lord, I’ll never forget the days spent adrift and the night of tears – the feelings of abandonment and hopelessness from the insults and betrayals I have faced. I remember it all — oh, how well I remember — the feeling of hitting rock bottom. The feelings of desertion, taunting, insults, and worthlessness. I remember the shame of not being able to pay my bills and the embarrassments of not meeting repayment deadlines.

But there’s one other thing I remember and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: Your unfailing love couldn’t have run out, your mercies couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning, how great your faithfulness! In perfect faithfulness you have acted towards me; when you made me pass through the valleys of the shadows of death!

The proud waters did not drown me, nor the flood of adversity swept me away – I’m grateful! When I walked through the fire, I wasn’t burned, nor did the flame scorch me. I’m grateful! I did not faint in adversity, neither did I turn back when the battle raged against me – I’m grateful! You delivered me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. You covered me with your feathers and under your wings I took refuge. Your truth has been my shield and buckler!

I was not terrorized by the night, and you kept me safe from the arrow that flies by day. The pestilence that stalks in darkness, and the destruction that lays waste at noonday, did not harass me. A thousand fell at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand – bad and horrifying news abounded within and without daily, but they did not come near me. No evil befell me, and no plague came near my dwelling.

I am still unaware of the many battles You have fought and won for me. You protected and preserved my going out and my coming in. You fed and provided for me and my family. You covered me from shame and disgrace. You healed me when I was sick. You turned my captivity and gave me miraculous answers to prayers, and blessings numerous to count.

Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands. Your pleasant paths lead me to pleasant places. My moments, my vindication and validation are with you, Lord. I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you, for you have given me the best. Your counsel makes me praise you more, your whispers in the night gives me wisdom, showing me what to do next. I bring you my offering for all you do – MY GRATEFUL HEART!

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