The other night we had a windstorm. I think the house was almost shaking. Looking outside, we can’t see the wind, but we can feel it and see the effects of it; the flags out straight, leaves and other things blowing down the street, and the house creaking at the force. Even though we can’t see something, doesn’t mean it is not real.
We can’t see God, but if we have two eyes, we can see His creation, the wonders He has done, and we can feel His love and forgiveness. Because we can’t see God, we sometimes forget He is there. He can hear us and know every thought that comes into our head. Which means He can hear us when we complain.
I have been around people who do nothing but complain and whine. They find problems with anything and everything. Being around them is annoying and irritating. Like claws on a chalkboard, it just makes you want to scream. We don’t want to be around such a person, so how do you think God feels when we complain? God has given us so much, and yet we complain.
But we can bless God with our attitude of gratitude by taking some time to acknowledge what He’s done for us and blessed us with.
Psalm 103 is one of many Psalms that is a perfect guide to help us express our gratitude. The first thing we can be thankful for is God’s present blessings.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
All His benefits; how many things does God benefit us with every day? Verses 3-5 mentions a few.
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
He also hears our prayers, protects, provides, and is always there. Every single day, God blesses us with something. Sometimes we don’t even know how much God provides and protects throughout the day. Whether we see it or not, God gives us daily blessings that we can give thanks for.
Verse 8 mentions another blessing we can give thanks for.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
I think we all can be extremely thankful, and happy that God is slow to anger and abounding in mercy instead. We all need a good dose of mercy, not anger. And God is quick to give us mercy and grace in large doses.
All that being said, the previous items we have listed are present blessings that God has and will continue to give. And while we can be thankful for them, there is one past blessing that still benefits us today.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
Back in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve blew it, we needed a Savior which God provided. Through Jesus, we can have forgiveness of sins. There is no way we can save ourselves.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
We are nothing compared to God, but…
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
We can be so thankful for God’s unfailing mercy, and because of His forgiveness
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
God has many attributes, and the Psalmist David focuses on one particular attribute. He first reminds us of who we are
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
And he compares us to something that never fades, something already mentioned many times before…God’s mercy.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children…
God Is Merciful – He is infinitely, unchangeably compassionate, and kind. Without the mercy of God, we would have no hope of heaven. Because of our disobedient hearts, we deserve death. “For all have sinned and fall short glory of God,” and, “the wages of sin is death.” But because of mercy, we don’t get what we deserve. Instead, because of the mercy of God, we get life through faith in Christ.
The last verse I would like to close with is verse 19
19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
God is King and ruler over heaven and earth. This is something we can give thanks for. There is but One who is in control. And He is just, kind, loving, compassionate, all-knowing, and powerful and great in Mercy.
So, what do we have to complain about?