Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2
Thinking about my childhood experience of Christmas I have to say I was totally ungrateful. My mom and dad made a huge deal out of Christmas. We had it all; a Christmas tree totally engulfed in mountains of gifts. I can remember bicycles, telescopes, go carts, record albums, clothes, and a seemingly endless supply of goodies. The scary thing is how I expected to receive all of those gifts and really took them all for granted. Did I somehow think I deserved all of that? If you think about it, with the Lord everyday is kind of like Christmas. He daily loads us with His benefits. He supplies our food, our protection, our families, our church, our great nation. There is an endless supply of God’s gifts that come to us everyday that we often just take for granted. Here are some powerful observations by Martin Luther.
“The works of the Lord are great. But in this passage (today’s verse), the psalmist points out that only a few devout people notice what God has done. Most people don’t praise God or thank him. They never say, “Great are the works of the Lord.” Though they are completely surrounded by his gifts, they have gotten used to them. They take advantage of what God has given them, rooting around in God’s gifts like a hog in a bag of feed. They say, “What’s so special about the fact that the sun shines, fire gives warmth, the ocean provides fish, the earth yields grain, cows have calves, women give birth to children, and hens lay eggs? These things happen every day!”
Is something insignificant just because it happens every day? If the sun wouldn’t shine for ten days, suddenly it would be a great thing when it began shining again. If fire existed only in one place on the earth, I think it would be more precious than gold or silver. If there were only one well in the world, I would imagine that a drop of water would be worth more than a thousand dollars.’
Jesus had another way of looking at gifts, He said it was more blessed to give than to receive. Maybe, just maybe, He was on to something. If you find yourself stuck on ungrateful this Christmas try the giving thing. Maybe it just is more blessed to give than to receive.