DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-12-09
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS
BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 144:15
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
BIBLE TEXT: How wonderful to have such blessings! Yes, great blessings belong to those who have the Lord as their God.
OBSERVATION: I wonder how many you might interview today will quickly tell you of the blessings they enjoy each day? Don’t we often fall prey to sharing all the mishaps and disappointments, hoping to seek empathy from others? David shared that for kids who belong to God, we could expect blessings! Let’s ponder how we might spur one another on through the challenges they may be facing today!
APPLICATION: I grew up in just a small town, but there were some kids that had it all, some that barely had the necessities, and others that wished they had parents that just loved them. If you can identify with similar scenarios from your childhood, then you too might reflect on how you felt when you spent time around each child. You may have felt envious about some, while feeling sorry for others. In verses 12 – 14 of this chapter, David listed some things that he felt would make the lives of he and his fellow citizens a lot more bearable. This sounds a lot like us, for we make our lists for Christmas; for the store; and perhaps even a wish list for our spouse! However, David was quick to say that as children of the heavenly King, we are blessed beyond measure all the time. Often we just need to get our envious minds out of the way, and concentrate on our needs instead of our ever growing list of wants! Based on a Scripture verse that I read one morning, I created a Facebook group, hoping to encourage my friends to join me in encouraging others by mentioning daily points of blessing and thanksgiving. Friends, if we believe this Scripture, then there should never be an awkward moment where we cannot share a blessing with someone. While definitely not looking for personal accolades, last night I realized that I had not posted anything to the group site for a few days, so I questioned before God what am I thankful for today? Oh my, the words just kept coming to mind as I reflected on all that God had done for me yesterday. What about you my friend? If you removed the words ‘luck’ or ‘happen-chance’ from your vocabulary and really concentrated on the things that only God could have provided for you, can’t you see where you would quickly come into agreement with David, that as a child of the King, we are filled with blessings from our loving Lord – our Heavenly Father? Keeping the blessings confined to your internal satisfaction is like saying that you deserved those blessings and that they are yours and yours alone. Let’s learn to be appreciative of our blessings, dear friends, and let’s celebrate those blessings with others, for they need encouragement that our God is still alive and He is still watching out for, and blessing His children beyond more than they could ever imagine or ask for! Count your blessing dear friend, and see what your mighty God can do!
PRAYER: Dear Lord, we are thankful for life itself and we are especially thankful for Your precious love for even us. Lord, thank You for showing us love in so many different ways and for consistently loving us through all of life good and challenging times. Please continue to bless so that we may be a blessing to others. Oh that You may be lifted up and exalted through even us. Please touch lives through our actions so the unsaved may be drawn unto Yourself. AMEN!
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