Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. (Ps. 16:5)

They ripped the wrapping paper with such enthusiasm that I was near tears. My three sons’ happiness and gratitude as they chanted “thank you” over and over made my heart rejoice over getting them exactly what they wanted. I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride that was almost indescribable.

Money was tight that Christmas, and I had prayed fervently that whatever we got the boys would be exactly what they had wished to get, and their reaction seemed like we’d hit the bullseye. Seeing them hug their toy trucks and superhero pajamas was priceless.

When we pour our hearts out to God, he listens. And if we show gratitude, he delights himself in us. When we praise him, his heart is filled with pride for us. He is our Father, our Daddy, our Abba. He is always there. Never absent; never silent; never indifferent. God cares for us.

King David knew how to reach the heart of God. His psalms show his humanity. In some of the chapters, he seemed desperate and desolate for having sinned against God; yet, in others, he rejoiced in the Lord with gratitude and enthusiasm, just like my children during that unforgettable Christmas. David’s humanity shows me that there is hope for me. His faith encourages mine. His grateful heart spurs me to thank God more.

Remember how God has blessed you and tell him how you feel.

Luska Natali is a native of Brazil who is passionate about God, her family, learning new languages (she fluently speaks three), and meeting people.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.