1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
5Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
7who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
9The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
(Psalm 146, NRSV)
We all have reasons to be upset with God or life and to be in a bad mood.
We can easily justify being mad at the world for the circumstances we are in.
But then again there is someone somewhere who is dealing with worse issues than you are and is deeper in a hole than you are. There are many who are hurting and drowning in life. And we have reason to be happy or blessed.
Today is a day you have breath and God loves you. Remember this when life seems to get you down and pull you away from God. God is always there and loves you and that is a reason to give God praise.