When I first started planning this week, I thought, “Can I write thankfulness devos for one week straight?” As soon as I asked myself that question, I realized that I needed it more than you might today. I need to be thankful, and I need to practice being more thankful, and probably a little more content. So, this week, the week of Thanksgiving, we will practice being more thankful.
The first area of thankfulness is in the area of our work. David is one who struggled throughout his life in different roles…as a son, as a leader in battle, as a King, and even as a friend. Here in Psalm 9, he talks about the latest battle, and just how thankful he is to the Lord:
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
He has just gotten out of battle, something a lot of people can’t relate to. However, you might be able relate to getting out of a tough project at work, a tough school year with a group of students, or even a tough relationship. The Lord is part of all of these situations. He is our refuge, and what we can grab onto in times of trouble.
Today, think of the most recent battle you have struggled through, or are still struggling through. Thank God that He is your refuge, and that He still reigns. If you are in the middle of a battle right now, pray for that His peace would rain down on you, and that you would seek Him in the midst of it.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Think about the biggest battle you’ve gone through in your life. How did God meet you in the midst of it?
- Journal or verbally name all of the ways God has met you in battle at work and in what you do daily. Spend some time in prayer praising Him in that.