Psalms 50-52

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.” (50:14)

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me.” (50:23)

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (51:17)

“I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.” (52:9)

He doesn’t need any material thing from me, only gratitude.  I’ve gotta say, I’m thankful for that. 

Today, as I travel back to the US, I feel pretty spent. I don’t have anything more to give. But I love my Lord, and my weary heart desires to be drawn into a worshipful presence of God. So as I settle in for an overnight in Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, I’m going to make a list of all I’m thankful for:

  • The family and friends I’m coming home to
  • My YWAM base releasing me these 3 months to explore a future work in Europe
  • The Syrian family I was welcomed into
  • The Apostolic Church which made me feel so welcomed and wanted
  • Clean drinking water
  • A really great apartment to live in the whole time
  • My team of prayer warriors
  • Answered prayers
  • Gyros and gelato
  • Syrian food
  • The NGOs and UN who are working so hard to house, feed and relocate the refugees
  • All the countries who are opening their boarders for my tired friends.
  • God’s glorious mercy and grace.
  • Salvation achieved by Jesus on my behalf
  • An aptly timed season in the Psalms.
  • The sweet Nigerian ladies stuck in the transit terminal with me, keeping me company
  • My supporters
  • Montavilla
  • Card games 
  • The small amount of Arabic I learned that allows me to eavesdrop on conversations no one would suspect I could understand 
  • The testament to God’s power and faithfulness, demonstrated in the fact Istanbul still exists even though it’s been in the middle of most everything throughout history 
  • The fact God isn’t intimidated by our questions or small views and opinions of Him
  • That He is altogether different than I am: never afraid, tired, rude or wrong
  • He created many nations and cultures, and His image can be found in them all
  • God forgave David for his sin with Bathsheba (what 51 references) and He forgives me and can forgive anyone 
  • He is with me, no matter where I am

What are you thankful for today?

-Bethany 

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