It is very easy to go through life and think nothing good has happened to you. Sometimes, this brings the feeling of hopelessness and dissatisfaction within and may be expressed in speech and conduct. But before you think of all the failed expectations, have a moment to count your blessings and it will marvel you what the Lord has done for you and through you. Although it is important to acknowledge the things that did not go well, appreciate the grace given you to be where you are today.

It would be wonderful if you could get a copy of the song, ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one’ to follow through its lyrics. If you can, sing its words aloud this morning, and enjoy the soothing presence of God that will flow through a grateful heart.

In today’s reading, the Psalmist recounts God’s blessing and utters out, ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul and all my inmost being!’ Let not your soul forget all the benefits of the Lord towards you, for He forgives all your sins and heals you of all diseases, redeeming your life from the pit and crowning you with His love and compassion. Know that whatever point you are now, someone desires to be there. The irony is that you may also be desiring to be where someone is, but in all the struggle and difficulty, know that the Lord has preserved you to see a new day – a reason to be glad and rejoice in the Lord.