He > I: Reflecting on Your Season

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As you reflect on this season, do you think on a mix of thanksgiving and trouble, of praise and problems? As we reflect, how do we seek to make God greater and ourselves less?

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” Psalm 40:16

Psalm 40 is a psalm of testimony and complaint. David’s thanksgiving and his troubles are both beyond number!

His praises to our Great God are too many to count. Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare (v. 5).

His troubles were also beyond calculation. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me (v. 12).

Sound familiar? As you reflect on this season, do you think on a mix of thanksgiving and trouble, of praise and problems? As we reflect, how do we seek to make God greater and ourselves less? (John 3:30)

Give God thanks! As you think on all that He’s done in and through your girls, their families, and your counselor team, magnify the LORD by giving Him thanks and testifying of His goodness. That’s what David did. He went public proclaiming the Lord’s saving acts, His righteousness, faithfulness, and love (v. 9-10). He told others about God’s wonderful works so many would see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him (v. 3b).

Seek God’s help. Like weeds in the flowerbed, there will always be troubles and trials in this world and in our clubs. When you think about the problems that popped up during your club season, go to God for help. Though the season may be finished, continue to seek Him!

It can be easier to “call it a year” than it is to persevere in prayer and wait patiently for God. Magnify the LORD by humbling yourself before Him and pleading for His help. That’s what David did. Near the end of Psalm 39, David begged God to hear his cries for help and to not be deaf to his weeping. Then comes Psalm 40:1 when he rejoices that God turned to him and heard his cry!

Those who give God thanks and long for His saving help say, “The LORD is great!” (v. 16) Their lips and lives testify, “The LORD be magnified!” (v. 16, KJV)

HE>i: How can you magnify the LORD as you reflect on your current season?

A prayer worth praying: May people walk away from me more impressed with Christ than with me. Matt Smethurst

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