Reading the Bible is an important part of how we can grow in our faith, but we know many people question why the Bible is not relevant for today. With its old language and confusing references, it can feel irrelevant or disconnected. But these Scripture meditations are meant to help us bridge that disconnect and encounter reasons why the Bible IS relevant.

Gratitude Is a Verb

Gratitude is a verb, and if we’re all remembering middle school English class correctly, verbs are action words! We see gratitude bullet journals, “thankful lists,” and reminders to be grateful ALL over the internet nowadays.

But intentionally practicing gratitude isn’t easy during times of hardship. How can we praise and thank God when things are tough? 

Well, we think gratitude can actually take our inward focus and turn it upward, to where our strength comes from.

Today, join us through this Scripture meditation for the opening of Psalm 18, where the psalmist practices gratitude!

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

    and I have been saved from my enemies

What This Teaches Us about God

  • He gives me strength (v. 1)
  • He is my deliverer (v. 2)
  • He is my refuge/stronghold (v.2)
  • He is worthy (v. 3)

Prayers of Response

Father, forgive me for trying to take refuge in ________ instead of trusting you to be my rock.

Lord, thank you for giving me strength to deal with __________.

Prayer Requests

Lord, help my love for you overflow tangibly into my relationship with ________ (name) today. 

Father, please deliver _________ (name) from __________. Help them to know you as a refuge.

Prayers of Readiness

As I face any new challenge before me today, please help me recall how you’ve proven to be my deliverer when you delivered me from __________.

Father, as I call out to you about __________ today, please assure me that you hear me.


Scripture meditations are one way to start reading the Bible more. They’re here to help us connect with God in the ordinary, extraordinary, everyday moments of life—visit this page for more!

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