Episode 204:

Three Reminders for Christ-Centered Leaders About Gratitude in Difficult Times

November 16, 2021

We all know we should be grateful for what we’ve been given, whether it’s an experience or a tangible gift. But, hard situations can make gratitude difficult. Today we have three reminders for being grateful in hard, or difficult, situations. 

Explore three psalms alongside four reminders (that double as prayers) to guide you through difficult seasons and practice gratitude. 

First, explore Psalm 30. 

In this psalm, we experience David who is overwhelmed with gratitude because of God’s saving work in his life. David called out to God for help and God responded. David recognized he couldn’t emerge from where he was without God and God answered.  

David had only one response: Thank you, God. This is a complete response. Sometimes, those three words are all you can muster. Pray these words. Repeat these words. Cry out to God with the words. 

Second, turn to Psalm 32. 

When you’ve done something or people have treated you in a way that you feel as though there is no return, turn to Psalm 32 and David’s response to God. David broke a boundary with Bathsheba. This Psalm is believed to be his response to God’s forgiveness after that affair. 

Remember, you can be forgiven. Seek God’s love. And remember, no matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you.

Third, explore Psalm 34.

In this psalm we experience David feeling alone and left behind. When you feel abandoned, even if by the people who should be loving you, remember God’s grace renews your spirit. 

Together, these three psalms serve as a reminder of God’s goodness, God’s steadfast love, and God’s forgiveness. Here’s one final reminder that bears repeating: God loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Write it down/Talk it Out

  1. In what circumstances is it easy to give God thanks? What circumstances is it difficult to give God thanks? Reflect on why there is a difference. 
  2. Who are the people that remind you, No matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you. Give thanks to God for them, then reach out and thank them.