This psalm is probably written around the same time as our reading from yesterday. The Hebrews have been taken away to captivity in Babylon and are expected to entertain their captors with joyful songs. The psalmist expresses dismay at the thought of singing the Lord’s song in such a desperate time. Sometimes when things are especially difficult, we find it hard to express joy, let alone be thankful. And yet, often, it can be gratitude that helps us to see beyond the pain of the moment.
What brings you joy even in dark times? How can you better practice gratitude in the face of hopelessness?
Today, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all that is good in your life and in the world.