My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords…
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
These words are found in the 57th Psalm. To be honest, the two phrases seem rather incompatible. Here the author, David, finds himself surrounded by those who would do him great harm. He is in a great struggle, yet he says that he will give thanks to God and sing His praises. How does one face great threat and struggle and still manage to posses an attitude of gratefulness? How we engage the dark times of our life and maintain an attitude of speaking God’s goodness to others?
This Sunday at Eastpoint we will continue our series “Give Thanks: Thankfulness in the Psalms”. We will go through Psalm 57 together in order to better understand that just as God’s goodness is not determined by our circumstance, our gratitude should not be dictated by our circumstances.
One more thing: This won’t be sermon where we pretend like our troubles aren’t real. We won’t encourage you to believe just a little bit more and everything will be alright and your troubles will go away. The point is not to believe enough to make the troubles go away, but to believe in the One who carries us through our troubles. See you Sunday.