Overwhelmed in Thanksgiving

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 17.  

(What is God saying here?)

1 Chronicles 17:16-19 (NLT)

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

17 And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O Lord God!

18 “What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like.

19 For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

God had just given to the prophet Nathan a word to relay to David about all that He was about to do to bless him, his family and the people he was leading. David, very much humbled by all that God would do for him, became very overwhelmed in praise and thanksgiving. This was not just a casual thanksgiving and appreciation prayer, but rather David got away from everything and everyone else and went into an area to get before the Lord, one on one, so that he could share his heart with God. Wow! We live such busy lives and live around so much background music and other noises, wouldn’t it be special for us to find a place, alone with God, and just share our heart? What was so special about this though, is that David had nothing to ask of God, but rather just to thank Him for all His mighty works and blessings promised to him and his family. When we don’t take time to sincerely thank God, I feel like we have taken for granted the bountiful gifts of God. I feel like there is so much that we take for granted when we assume that we have a right to awaken each morning, while some die in their sleep; when we are able to rise and walk upright, while some can’t even go to the bathroom without a wheelchair or some type of walking aid; when we have a job to go to, while so many are unemployed and would give up everything to have an income to support their families; when we have food enough to share the leftovers with our pets, when there are so many that starve every day because of lack of food. Friends, we have enough to be thankful for that we could easily follow in David’s footsteps and get aside with God and thank Him from a heart that would question: why me Lord, who am I that You should bless me so?

(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Thank You Father for blessing me so bountifully in so many ways. I can’t imagine why I am so special that You would bless me so, but I am eternally thankful for not only being a child of yours, but also for being included in Your daily provisions and unbelievable gifts of good health, a job, a loving family, a church family who cares, food to nourish my body for ongoing service to You. Who am I that You should bless me so? Thank You Father for being the loving God that watches over me and provides for me in all things. Please bless those that may not be as fortunate as me in some things today. May they know that You are a God of love, mercy and grace and One that they can turn to in all of life’s circumstances. Thank You for loving me!

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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