Wednesday, September 30

A gratitude journal

Scripture: Zechariah 10-12, Psalm 126, Luke 14

Psalm 126:1–3 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” 3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!

Observation

This psalm is a “song of ascent”—one of the psalms that pilgrims sang on their way to Jerusalem.  They celebrated the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, and sang with joy of the great things the Lord had done for them.  As they recounted God’s amazing work, they were filled with laughter and joy.

Application

Last night I was with some friends, and one of them mentioned that he has been keeping a “gratitude journal.”  As part of his daily PBJ, he takes some time in prayer to reflect on the great things God is doing and has done in his life, and writes them down and gives thanks.  He said that it has changed his perspective—particularly in this difficult season.

It’s so easy to overlook or forget all our blessings, God’s goodness to us, the amazing things He has done.  Now more than ever it would be valuable for me to take some time each day during my PBJ and reflect, rejoice and give thanks.  I’m starting a gratitude journal.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all you are doing in my life—even in the midst of the current chaos.  Help me remember, rejoice and give thanks!  Fill me with joy and laughter as I celebrate Your goodness.