Giving Thanks to the Lord

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. – Psalm 65:9-10

We are not always great at giving thanks, whether it is giving thanks to God or thanking other people. From the time our children are very little we have to train them to say, “Thank you.” And, it’s not something we need to tell them only once. Over and over and over again we remind them, “Say, ‘Thank you.’”

As often as we fail to thank other people, it pales in comparison to how we fail to thank God for his goodness. Often, it is because we simply don’t think about everything God does for us and gives to us.

In Psalm 65 King David reminds us that it is the LORD who provides for our bodily needs. He provides rain for the crops and pasture for the livestock. We easily forget that our food comes from God because most of us have such easy access to our food. We walk into the grocery store and…there it is! There are fruits and vegetables and meat and milk and cereal. The closest most of us come to starving is having to stand behind two or three people in the checkout line!

Many Christians say a prayer before eating a meal. Perhaps something like, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” It is all too easy to say such a prayer without any more thought than when we say, “Please pass the potatoes.” The next time you enjoy a meal, remember Psalm 65. Remember that you are enjoying that meal because the Lord IS good. So, give him thanks!

Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for all your goodness to me. Thank you for providing all that I need for my bodily welfare. Thank you for food and drink, for house and home, for friends and family. May all that I do and say this day reflect how grateful I am for your goodness. Amen.

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