I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5
Many of us are not daily grateful for the things we have in life. We awake daily, go about our business, breathe and bathe with no acknowledgement whatsoever of the Lord who sustains us.
This also is chief enemy of godliness, ingratitude. David here, in his prayer to God does not desire to leave what modern man neglects, namely, the Lord’s sustaining grace, even in our sleep, for without God we would not awake.
The fool is ungrateful. He plans God out in the good times and grumbles against Him in his calamity. These are those who mock the godly, who retort that the Christian ‘wastes time’ thanking God for breath, food and life. What the wicked take for granted, the Christian must be grateful for.
If we are careful and wise, we will see that there is always something to be grateful for before God even in our darkest hour. In fact, if you read Psalm 3 fully, you shall notice that things are not going well for David. Many trouble him (v1). Many mock his faith (v2). His pain cause him to cry out to God (v4), and thousands of people rise against him (6).
Let not your calamity cause ingratitude in you. Be grateful to God today for health, for the food you have, for sleep and for friends. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Then you will see what the Lord has done and rejoice. And be reminded that ‘to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.’
Be like David, and take no good thing for granted, but choose to be thankful.