“I’m pressing on the upward way. New Heights I’m gaining every day.”
“There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus. No not one! No not one!”
These, and hundreds of others, comprise the songbook written by Johnson Oatman, who also wrote these words: “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
Martin Luther wrote: “The greater God’s gifts and works, the less they are regarded.” Robert Morgan wrote: “If the birds only burst into song once a year, we’d all pay close attention, but because they are singing every morning, we scarcely bother to listen.”
Every child of God has the obligation to be reflective that he might be thankful. As we enter the final chapters of Samuel we have a hymn of David’s thankfulness (reproduced substantially in Psalm 18). What has God done? How has he done it? What has God become to David? These are questions David answers in his hymn, and as we consider our own prayers, perhaps they, and David’s vocabulary, can be used to inform our own psalm of thankfulness to God.