The New English Translation (NET) renders Psalm 28:7 like this: The LORD strengthens and protects me; I trust in him with all my heart. I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to him in gratitude.” Just think about how grateful you would have to be to sing about it. We’ve become so accustomed to singing praise and songs of thanksgiving that we miss the significance of them and we tend to lose the intended expressions of gratitude in our music. It’s also true that we often take our many blessings from God for granted.

You might remember the old hymn by Johnson Oatman, a Methodist preacher. It’s entitled, “Count Your Blessings.” It goes like this: When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings—name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings—every doubt will fly, and you will be singing as the days go by. When you look at others with their lands and gold, think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; count your many blessings—money cannot buy your reward in heaven nor your home on high. So amid the conflict, whether great or small, do not be discouraged. God is over all; count your many blessings—angels will attend, help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. Chorus: Count your blessings—name them one by one; count your blessings—see what God has done.

Counting my blessings serves as an antidote for life’s discouragements. Counting my blessings can be a means of placing material possessions in proper perspective when compared to the eternal inheritance that awaits me. When I review my personal, individual blessings, my problems and disappointments seem so insignificant. I could spare myself a lot of misery and dissatisfaction if I would apply this hymn to my daily living.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)