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Rejoice in Blessings

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Reading: Psalm 4

Verse Seven: “You have filled my heart with greater joy then when their grain and new wine abounds”.

Funny thing, but you can always find someone who has more or better or newer. If you just drove off the lot with the bright new shiny car of your dreams, someone somewhere is seconds later driving off another lot with the same car plus one more upgrade. Inevitably you will see them later in the day. You are delighted in your new salary until you pass the water cooler and hear someone else telling of their better raise. You are proud of your team’s victory until you hear of a team with a more impressive title. That trophy loses some of its shine. Such is the way of the world. When we chase after things that do not last or that rust and decay, then we will ever be seeking the latest and greatest next thing. In our passage, this is they with “grain and new wine” abounding. All is good until they see someone with more grain or newer wine.

Even as a follower of Jesus, at times we can fall into the longing for more or better trap. Even David writes to God, “How long will you turn my glory into shame”? He also notes that many are asking, “Who can show us any good”? At times we can feel sorry for ourselves or our lot in life. At times we can long for other things. We can even be critical of others and what they have as a way of alleviating our feelings of being less.

Into all if this David offers some wonderful words of hope and faith. He knows as we know: “The Lord will hear when I call”. God hears our prayers. He goes on to encourage us to “trust in the Lord”. For those who question or doubt, he offers a request to God: “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord”. Turn to God, put our hope in God alone. In doing so it is a turning away from the things of the world.

One last word that David offers is a wonderful practice for us today. In verse seven he acknowledges, “you have filled my heart with greater joy”. It is an acknowledgement of God’s blessings in his life. It is an awesome way to begin each day. Writing down and giving thanks for yesterday’s blessings is a great way to help us be joyfully content in this world and to remind ourselves of God’s great love for us. It is a practice I encourage you to do daily. In this time and place, may we recognize and rejoice in the many blessings that God gives us each and every day. Then we too will “lie down and sleep in peace”.

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2 thoughts on “Rejoice in Blessings

  1. THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NEVER PERVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST , MEN MAY OPPOSE HER MESSAGE AND ABUSE HER MESSENGERS , BUT THE GOSPEL WILL NEVER BE SILENCED..

    WHERE SIN EXISTS IN THE HEART, IT WILL SHOW IT SELF IN THE OUTER LIFE. (GREED FOR MANY THINGS OF THE WORLD YOU DONT NEED)
    “”HE THAT HATH CLEAN HANDS AND A PUR HEART, WHO HATH NOT LIFT UP HIS SOUL UNTO
    VANITY, NOR SWORN, DECEITFULLY .. SHALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING FROM THE LORD, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD OF HIS SALVATION”” PSALM 24, V 4,5.

    MORE GRATITUDE GIVE ME, MORE TRUST IN THE LORD, MORE PRIDE IN HIS GLORY, MORE HOPE IN HIS WORD, MORE TEARS FOR HIS SORROW , MORE PAIN FOR HIS GRIEF , MORE MEEKNESS,
    MORE PRAISE FOR RELIEF
    🙂
    AMEN
    OH HOW I LOVE JESUS AS HE FRIST LOVED ME.. 🙂

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