Counting Our Gratitude: On the Good Days and the Bad - Salt 106.5

Counting Our Gratitude: On the Good Days and the Bad

We are thankful, not for the various circumstances we face, but are thankful that God remains God in the midst of them.

By Salt 106.5 Network Thursday 16 May 2024FaithReading Time: 2 minutes

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? Psalm 116:12 (NIV)
Key points
  • In 1788, Richard Johnson stood on the shores of Farm Cove and preached the first-ever sermon on Australian soil around Psalm 116:12. ‘How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me’.
  • We are thankful, not for the various circumstances we face, but are thankful that God remains God in the midst of them.
  • Listen to the Gratitude series and others on Real Hope | The Podcast.

On a hot February afternoon in 1788, a young minister called Richard Johnson stood on the shores of Farm Cove and preached the first-ever sermon on Australian soil.

His text was Psalm 116:12, ‘How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me’.

Somehow a strange text given he was out in the middle of nowhere amidst convicts who were forced to be there and soldiers who would be rather somewhere else. Yet Richard Johnson was right: he knew the scriptures taught that we are to give thanks in all circumstances.

We don’t thank God for all circumstances but we thank Him in the midst of them… because He is good and constant and faithful no matter what our circumstances.

Readers of Winnie the Pooh may recall the figures of Tigger and Eeyore. Tigger is the bright and bouncy tiger, while Eeyore is the downcast, morose donkey. As one who tends to be a bit of an Eeyore, I have learnt the importance of gratitude.

We are thankful, not for the various circumstances we face, but are thankful that God remains God in the midst of them.

So before bedtime each evening, I count the blessings of the day and won’t let my head hit the pillow till I have counted at least five. Sometimes these occasions for gratitude are hard to find: some days, let’s face it, are worse than others.

But it’s vital to look for them, to see the good amidst the not so good. That doesn’t make me a Tigger, but it saves me from being an Eeyore.

We are to have a spirit of gratitude not because everything is fine and rosy in our lives or in the world. We are thankful, not for the various circumstances we face, but are thankful that God remains God in the midst of them.

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Episode supplied with thanks to David Reay.

Originally published as ‘Thanks in All Situations’ in Real Hope, Jan-Feb 2024.