5th Day

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I was flipping the pages as I held my little red Bible.
As I flipped I could smell the slightly wrinkled pages, the ink, the leather.
I love the smell of books. Old books, with their pithy and yellow smelling thick pages, and new books, with their fresh and crisp smelling smooth thin pages.
I was looking for the next place to go, and I thought to myself, “I wonder what the most thankful book of the Bible is?”

I had never thought about that before. What was the most thankful book?
Whatever one it was, I wanted to find it and read it while doing this practicing thankfulness.
I sat there for a minute, but I couldn’t think of a book that was specifically more thankful than the rest.
I was about ready to settle for giving up on finding a “most thankful” and just pick another one, and I realized,

“Psalms!”

“Psalms! Why hadn’t I thought of that right to begin with?!”
Psalms is full of thankfulness, just full, but I guess I had never thought of Psalms as a thankful book – I had always thought of Psalms as a comforting book. It was my book to run to in storms.
Maybe I missed all of the thankfulness before – I mean, of course, that I read it each time, but maybe the meaning didn’t sink down into me, maybe I just skimmed over it without taking much notice or thought, maybe I was too busy searching for the comforting verses and the promises.

I thought about all the verses in Psalms about praising, and rejoicing, even about dancing……..
how had I really missed so much of that? The point, the meaning?

Maybe it was because the thankfulness was disguised just there.
Thankfulness and praise and joy are all linked together.
All together.
So what is rejoicing, trusting, and praising?
Is it not being thankful?

I’m reading through Psalms.
This time through I’m soaking up and searching for the thankfulness.

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November 5th –

34. Being able to teach today

35. Warm breezes while doing outside work

36. Blisters

37. A God Who does not change, Who does not break His promises, and Who does not give up

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2 thoughts on “5th Day

  1. Psalms is one of my very favorite books of the Bible.
    Like you, I’ve found it to be very encouraging in low times.
    MANY times I’ve made the words my own prayer/cry to God.
    You’re right — it is full of thanksgiving — even in the midst of pain!

    • I’m so glad you wrote that! That was something that hit me the day I was flipping through and thinking about finding the most thankful book – how much of Psalms was written out of pain? That’s something to think about……..

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