When we’re communicating with a significant other, family member, colleague or friend, we want to be heard. And when we’re in conflict—when emotions are often inflamed—our understanding can be compromised. If anyone had to deal with conflict in the OT it was certainly David. In Psalm 116 dubbed the ‘thanksgiving’ Psalm, David remembers the the ominous dangers, cruel torment, and the mental anguished he endured and then how remarkably he was preserved by God. The MSG paraphrase of verse 1 put it this way, “I love GOD because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to GOD for help: “Please, GOD!” I cried out. “Save my life!” GOD is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. GOD takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.” When was the last time you didn’t ask God for anything and out of the abundance of His grace you reflected on His goodness with thanksgiving?