I am so thankful that we don't have to stay there, stuck in our sin.
I'm thankful that God has a good PLAN for His people.
I'm thankful that even though our natural instinct may draw us away from God, He continues to pursue us relentlessly. His "love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me" (Jesus Culture, One Thing Remains // music video).
I'm thankful that "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV)
I'm thankful that my hope & my future are found in Jesus Christ.
I'm thankful that I can claim freedom in Christ as a daughter of the One True King.
Galatians 5; 2 Corinthians 6:18
I've been thinking a lot about David lately in reading the Psalms. His words are so full of passion and emotion. Not fake emotion, and not overly spiritualized/religious emotion either. It's raw, real, and relatable. For example, take a look at the difference between Psalm 102 and 103:
"Hear my prayer, Lord;
let my cry for help come to you.
Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
when I call, answer me quickly.
For my days vanish like smoke;
my bones burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
I forget to eat my food.
In my distress I groan aloud
and am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,
like an owl among the ruins."
"Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits--
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed."
I resonate with the contrast here between the two different thought processes!
I'm not a scholar on the book of Psalms, so I don't know if these two chapters were necessarily written together, but I do know that they were written by the same man. I appreciate that the same man can express such utter depression, sadness, fear, and loneliness, then turn immediately to praising God with everything inside him!
It sounds to me like a "Yeah, but..." situation.
"Yeah, life is hard, but God truly is faithful to provide; He will never leave us nor forsake us."
"Yeah, you will experience trouble in this world, but take heart, because [Jesus] has overcome the world!" (John 16:33)
"Yeah, you feel lonely, but God still sees you and loves you."
"Yeah, you may not know what decision to make, but God knows what your future holds; it's all under control."
My heart can hold both real emotion and wrestling as well as the desire to trust God, praise Him, and know Him more. This is especially encouraging because David, in all of his very real temptations and struggles, is called by God a "man after His own heart" (Acts 13:22).
I want that to be true of me. I want to be known by God as a woman who reflects His heart.
I'm thankful that HE is my hope, not whatever I can muster up or find on my own.