To Count One’s Blessings

Today’s one-line wisdom: To count one’s blessings is an impossible but uplifting exercise.

The phrase “count your blessings” is not found in the Bible. It most likely originates from the song “Count Your Blessings” (below), lyrics by Johnson Oatman, 1897.

I found this nice translation in the Amplified Version: “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!” (Psalm 89:15).

The idea is that the Christian has “all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:3), so counting is an impossible task, but certainly one that will reinforce and enlarge our gratitude.

“Count Your Blessings”

When upon life’s billows You are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged Thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you What the Lord hath done.

Chorus:
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your blessings See what God hath done.
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings See what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened With a load of care,
Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear.
Count your many blessings Every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing As the days go by.

When you look at others With their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised You His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings Money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven Nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict Whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged God is over all.
Count your many blessings Angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you To your journey’s end.

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