Notoriously, Mondays are just not seen as a great day. (I even started this on Monday and am only finishing it today!)
But, as I opened God's word, to the Psalm that I was to read, before I had even hit the new working week, I was given a reminder to boost me on my way. The challenge to cultivate gratitude has been a wonderful way to keep my eyes lifted to praise, and this Psalm reinforced that.
My eye particularly caught a phrase that was repeated several times. I read it, and my heart filled with song!
He didn't say,
"I'm not much of a morning person, so don't expect me to be filled with much praise first thing in the day"
Nor did he say,
"I can only praise God and acknowledge his goodness when things are going well" (In fact, the Psalm refers to things not going particularly well AT ALL!)
He didn't even say,
"Well, I'm feeling a bit down, so I will praise Him when I feel better".
He didn't utter the words,
"I'm just plain tired by the evening, so you won't find me in the mood to give thanks and praise in the evenings. Life is hard."
ALL. THE. DAY.
It's not an option. We need to take matters that arise into our own hands, and conscientiously praise.
Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes we need to flip our thoughts around. Sometimes we fail.
But, praise, we must!
With so much to thank God for - with our salvation - Jesus is MINE - with blessing upon blessing - with so much that God preserves us from BECAUSE we seem to have hard times - praise, all the day.
The hymn that sprang into my head, of course, was "Blessed Assurance".
IN the last verse are these words