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A Time to Be Thankful

When David left Jerusalem and it looked as though Absalom would usurp his throne, David’s world was falling apart.

This was an upsetting, desperate time. The Bible records in 2 Samuel that he and many of his supporters wept as they departed. But it was in this situation that he wrote Psalm 63: “My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help…” (NASB v.5-7a).

What strikes me here is that while he was in this sad, fearful situation in the wilderness (again!) David talks of being sated – satisfied, full. God has been his help throughout his life… and he is satisfied. Not upset, not begging God to help… satisfied…content… and thankful.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be the time we remember the Lord’s blessings. Of course we often laugh about eating too much. Maybe instead we ought to remember much. Click To Tweet

Thanksgiving is supposed to be the time we remember the Lord’s blessings. Of course we often laugh about eating too much. Maybe instead we ought to remember much. Our soul should be full. God has been our help!

I am grateful with what He has done in and through MOV in these years. Just this year we had thirteen conferences led by national leaders in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Liberia ‒ with follow-up discipleship meetings. We also had four conferences led by members of the U.S.-based team in Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, and Eswatini. We have a lot more on the horizon.

“My mouth offers praises…” from a full heart.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith is the executive director of Men of Valor International.

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