I told my wife I had a severe problem – complaining about complainers and grumbling about grumblers. So, I am no different.
Today’s Psalm is a promise from us to God – I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart. I will be glad and exult in you. Every time I complain (about anything), it brings my countenance down, my demeanor down, but more importantly and sadly, it brings my spirit down. We say we put our faith in God, our trust in God; we even call him Lord. But then, does obedience follow this faith? I will give thanks…. I will be glad…. I will exult in you, Lord. The word “exult” means triumphant elation and jubilation.
Our Christian faith has all the answers, believe it or not – Answers for us to live a joyous life in Christ free of broken habitual sin and to love our neighbor into God’s kingdom. Let us go forward from this moment on with a fresh start to keep our promises to God, obey him, and follow our faith in him. And let us not beat ourselves up; only Jesus was perfect. “Strive” and “striving” are found throughout the New Testament. Let us continue to do our best for his glory and the good of his kingdom.
Father Eymard gave us an excellent example in his words to Mme Lepage in March 1867: We need to live in thanksgiving, which supposes a soul experiencing the joy of the Lord’s gifts and blessings.
Let Us Pray:
Dear heavenly Father, help me to recognize that all of us are loved by you equally and that I would remain joyous in you throughout the day that you have blessed me with. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.