God’s Bounty (2)
“Deal bountifully with thy servant,
that I may live, and keep thy word.”
How do you wake up each day—with a song? a sigh? What is your morning routine—a pillow over your head and ask for just 15 more minutes? ready to hop out of bed and greet the sunshine?
How might our lives change if we started our day with a praise, a prayer, and thanksgiving—with our focus on things above rather than things on the earth?
Sometime through the day, David, the shepherd king of Israel, gave us a psalm to offer to the Lord, anytime. He wrote,
“Bless the LORD,
O my soul:
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:”
This psalm extols the bounty of the Lord toward us—
- tender mercies,
- good things,
- and renewed strength.
These are found in just the first few verses. Next David rehearses what the Lord does and what he is—
- does righteous judgement,
- makes his ways known to us,
- is merciful,
- slow to anger,
- he remembers we are but human.
“Bless the LORD,
all his works in all places of his dominion:
bless the LORD, O my soul.”
The Psalms don’t stop there. In Psalm 104, the psalmist exalts the God of creation, the One who brought life and light out of chaos and darkness.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, O LORD my God,
thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment:
who streachest out the heavens like a curtain:”
After rehearsing the bounty found in God’s creation work, his power, wisdom, and provision, this author can do only one thing. He says—
“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
My meditation of him shall be sweet:
I will be glad in the LORD.” (33-34)
In these Psalms we discover our bountiful God, who he is and the bounty he has shown us. We gain understanding of why we should bless the Lord, bring him pleasure. It is what he created us for and he is worthy.
- “O give thanks unto the LORD;
- call upon his name:
- make known his deeds among the people.
- Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:
- talk ye of all his wondrous works.
- Glory ye in his holy name:
- let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
- Seek the LORD, and his strength;
- seek his face evermore.” (105:1-4, KJV)
When we make time in our day, whether morning, noon, or night, to spend time praising our God for the abundant bountiful life he deals to his servants,
- we find our day is filled with worship.
- Blessing the Lord, bringing him pleasure, becomes a way of life
- and ends our days in thanksgiving.
- We would see our days filled with hope—not despair; joy—not depression; peace—not chaos; love—not hate; faith—not fear.
“Praise ye the LORD,
O give thanks unto the LORD;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalm 106:1, KJV
What is your response to the Lord’s bounty in your life? Share one way you will bring blessing to him. It’s a good start to seeing your day blessed of the Lord.