Psalm 73:21 -28
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
The beginning of this psalm speaks of comparing oneself to other successful people and feeling like devotion to God has been in vain because their lives appear to be so much better than mine. The practice of gratitude is life-changing when I shift my focus from my perceived troubles or insufficiency to God’s continual blessings.
The struggles in my life have been God’s tools to mold me and lead me to becoming the person He designed for me to be. Not that God causes my trials; most have been self-inflicted, but He can convert the ashes of my despair to the beauty of His glory. Yes, I can find joy in my challenges as well as in times of delight. It actually increases joy all the more for not taking the good times for granted. There is nothing in this world that can compare to joy in the Lord.
Dear Lord, Thank you! I will “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
I will “rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)