Praise the LORD.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever (Psalms 106:1, NIV).
I have been learning that there is a strong relationship between thankfulness and humility. It is difficult if not impossible to be thankful and prideful at the same time. In this psalm, the author recounts the exodus from Egypt, the 40 years in the wilderness, and the time of judges. While God continued to show grace to Israel again and again, the gratitude for God’s grace and mercy in His deliverance and provision again and again dried up whenever their humility gave way to pride and idol worship. If you lack humility, you will never be very thankful. If you are humble and meek, showing awareness, lament, and contrition for sin, you will find thankfulness blooming; for that is the soil that gratitude thrives in.