“Thank you! Everything in me says ‘Thank you.’ …The moment I called out, [for help] you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.” Psalm 138:1,3
In the Psalm for today, David tells how he called out to God, “Help me! God heard his prayer and helped him through a rough time. Then David just just didn’t say, “Thank you,” he gave a heart-felt thanks by adding, “Everything in me says,”Thank you!”
During the day, I often use the two most popular two-word prayers: “Help me” and “Thank you.” Years ago I adopted for my mantra the words, “Thank you.” You might be thinking, how do the words, “Thank you” work as a mantra?” (a phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating”– Merriam-Webster). I believe God hears my prayers before I utter them aloud. Such as when I look into the rearview mirror and see a flashing red light, instead of pleading, “Please God, let the sheriff be after someone other than me…”, I say “Thank you.” And, if he speeds right past me, I utter another, “Thank you!” This is a prayer of thanksgiving, not a mantra.
Thank you, Lord, for the ease in communicating with you. Amen.