Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
They ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O Lord! their deliverer. (Wisdom 19:9)
Have you ever seen a soccer player after making a goal or a football player after a touchdown? Their end zone dances can be legendary! Or what about a child who has just received his first bicycle or any other present for that matter? She jumps up and down, clapping and laughing with contagious enthusiasm!
Sometimes you just have to get a little excited. You can’t help but show deep gratitude or enthusiasm. Take the Israelites in today’s reading as a good example. They had just passed through the Red Sea as on dry ground. Their adversaries, the Egyptian army, had been vanquished; they were literally washed away. Think of the relief the Israelites felt, their joy at having been set free from slavery and oppression. They had seen “stupendous wonders” (Wisdom 19:8). They just had to celebrate and praise God!
We may not have passed through the sea on dry ground personally, but God has worked wonders in our lives. Think of every time you go to Confession and are forgiven and strengthened to start anew; patterns of sin are broken, and you are set free! What about every time you receive the Eucharist? Jesus himself, his Body and Blood, soul and divinity, are physically present in you! And we have all seen healings, whether physical or spiritual: broken relationships mended, sicknesses cured, and resentments lifted. God has worked and is working wonders in your life! Your enemies are being vanquished, and God is making a path for you where there seems to be no way into freedom.
So thank God with enthusiasm today! Look for ways he is blessing you, and seize each opportunity to actively thank him. Develop an attitude of gratitude, an awareness of God’s closeness and action in your life, so that you can see all the wonders he has worked for you. As you pray, try to find three things that you can thank and praise God for. Then go ahead, and offer him some exuberant praise!
“Thank you, Father, for each way you have rescued me! Thank you for each sin forgiven, each time I’ve received the Eucharist, and each relationship mended. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”~WAU