This week we read a prayer from King David that resonates deeply with me. A very specific sentence in his prayer does anyway. In the early lines of his prayer found in 1 Chronicles 17, David says something that is a good and consistent reminder for my own life.Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men. ( 1 Chronicles 17:16-17) Obviously David going from a shepherd to the King of Israel is a huge advancement and it makes complete sense that he is in awe of what God has done. However, in many ways, I look at the life that God has blessed me with and the amazing church that He has graced me with the chance to serve and I am in awe of what God has done in my own life. Many years ago as we were starting our family and stepping into ministry, I never imagined that God would be so good to us. I can look back and clearly see how God has taken my family from “humble beginnings” to a place where we are now. I think we can all see the same thing in our own lives. It may be hard to see at times, but we can all look at our lives and see how God was present, active, and working. We can look back and see how far God has brought each of us.David is praying this prayer because he can see it all. He can see what God has done and, because of that, he is giving thanks to God. Maybe this is a great lesson for all of us. A lesson we should all take to heart and practice in our own lives.It is rather simple what David did. First, he looked back and acknowledged how God had worked in in his life. He could have continued to complain about things and focus on the negatives. Instead, he decided he would pay more attention to the evidence of God’s grace and mercy in his life. Second, David gave thanks to God and praised Him for it. It is good and right to give credit where it is due…and that is what giving thanks and praise to God is.It is a simply, yet powerful act that we can all do. I know how easy it is to dwell on the negative and to focus on how God did not show up like you hoped He would. But when we change our outlook and begin to focus on and give thanks for all that He has done…your demeanor changes, your attitude changes, and your life changes.

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About the Author: Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson is the lead pastor of 2|42 Community Church where he is helping people take next steps with God. Prior to his time at 2|42, Tony served for 15 years in various capacities within the Methodist denomination. He has degrees in broadcasting and marketing from Vincennes University and Ball State University, and he’s also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. Tony is passionate about helping people discover and embrace their God-given purpose and potential. In his spare time, you can find Tony cheering on the Miami Dolphins or camping and fishing with his family.

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