Psalm 30: Thanksgiving – Part VII
Adapted from a Favorite written at the beginning of a new year, January 3, 2009.
Thanksgiving for Deliverance
When we are in the valleys of life it is difficult to feel the hope of regeneration; so when we feel the sense of relief after delivery we will want to dwell in that sensation of rebirth for a while . . . and we will want to give thanks.
When days are dark we try to remember that liberation from anxiety and a sense of uselessness too often overtakes us, and then we remember that release is what the Savior comes to give us with an open and eager heart.
When days are bright and we revel in the ease with which challenges are met and overcome, we might focus on a keen awareness of those moments, taking into our consciousness the swell and ebb of those feelings. In this way we will know how to petition God when the sky grows dark.
We do not want to become complacent.
We concentrate on verses 7 to 11 and we know that we have lived too many days of assumed ease. We have put our heads on pillows too many nights without saying Thank you, I love you. We have forgotten to fully appreciate the one who always saves. We know this now; and so we will make a conscious effort to put all things into perspective before falling to sleep . . . no matter the worry or crush of the day. Verses 12 and 13:
You changed my mourning into dancing;
you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
With my whole being I sing endless praise to you.
O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
This might be our bedtime prayer for the year . . . and perhaps for years to come.