Ps.103:1,2 ¶ 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:
I have a Beagle named Phoebe that is an absolute riot. She wants to eat all the time (Parris insists she has a food addiction). There are two times a day when I actually feed her. She must have a clock in her belly because 5 minutes before feeding time she comes; first wanting attention and if that doesn’t work she barks. The point is this, the dog knows who her source is; me. Funny that dogs are smarter than humans in some ways. Phoebe never forgets where her dinner comes from; all of us often do. Our provision comes from the Lord. It doesn’t come from parents, jobs, government programs, or the scratch card at the convenience store. The Lord Himself supplies all of our needs. Here is How Martin Luther describes this phenomenon.
“We all use God’s blessings every day, but we never think about where they come from—God. He is the one who gives us everything. Instead, we accept his gifts as if they simply appeared out of nowhere or as if we earned them through our own efforts, diligence, or wisdom. We think that God somehow owes us these things, and therefore we don’t need to thank him. Even animals don’t live that shamefully. Pigs recognize the person who gives them their food. They’ll run after her and cry to her. But the world doesn’t even recognize God, let alone thank and praise him for these blessings. If God’s people must be encouraged to praise him, how can the world be expected to do any better? It’s astounding how unwilling people are to acknowledge what God has done for them and to praise him for it.”
According to today’s verse our worship is connected to our provision. Rather than ignoring the Lord and looking to Him as a last resort, we keep Him right in front of us when we acknowledge His blessings with thanksgiving and praise. Really, this worship and thanksgiving flow out of spiritual revelation. One day the lights turn on and we see the goodness of the Lord and His love for us. We have no other recourse, we have to worship. In light of His greatness and His goodness we have to worship Him. Don’t waste another day, give thanks to the Lord today and watch His goodness flow into your life.