Psalm 9

1I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;

I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

2I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

3When my enemies turn back,

they stumble and perish before your presence.

4For you have maintained my just cause;

you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

5You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;

you have blotted out their name forever and ever.

6The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;

their cities you rooted out;

the very memory of them has perished.

7But the LORD sits enthroned forever;

he has established his throne for justice,

8and he judges the world with righteousness;

he judges the peoples with uprightness.

9The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,

a stronghold in times of trouble.

10And those who know your name put their trust in you,

for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!

Tell among the peoples his deeds!

12For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;

he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

“Count your blessings. Name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. There is so much truth in that old hymn. We are often unthankful because we fail to see or recall just how beneficent God has been. Psalm 9 is a corrective to that.

David gives an impressive list of how God has been good to him and how thankful he is for those things. Some people are so miserable that they respond to such things with “yes, God was good to David, but what has He done for me lately?”. This is the intransigence of sin.

To read this, you need a computer (or access to a library, a friend, internet café, or at least the ability to steal one), electricity to get it turned on or to power up the battery, the ability to read, absorb information, think about abstract things like thanks and love and the whole concept of God. To complain about how God has not been good enough to you demands enough faith to believe that He exists, the ability to project into the future and want more and better things to happen. You are not likely reading this naked, which means that you have clothing. You are not likely reading this outdoors because of lack of a place to live and you have, or are, or will, have something to eat. You probably own a Bible – the undisputed best gift God has given you outside of the incarnate Son of God Himself. And if you are a Christian you are going to live forever in the presence of Jesus Christ, free from sin, sadness, sickness and pain. (If you are a Christian then understand that ingratitude is a supremely unchristian thing to do.)

Yes, you can be thankful, because you have such an incredible amount to be thankful for. And the last thing to mention? You can be thankful that right now you can go to God and confess the sin of ingratitude and be forgiven and treated by God as if you had never even committed it. Today, count your blessings. But don’t count them all. It would take too long and there are things to do.