Oh, give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. – Psalms 105:1
In Psalm 105, the writer notes all of God’s works on behalf of His chosen people, Israel. It seems that he didn’t want them to forget a single thing that the Lord had done for them over the centuries of their existence. Other than a heart of thankfulness, what might have prompted such an extensive reminder?
Across their extended history, the people of Israel (and her leaders) often thought or focused on what they had NOT received, rather than all the good things they HAD obtained from/by the hand of God. The psalmist, inspired by the Holy Spirit, chose this moment in time to remind them (once again) of God’s consistent faithfulness (in the face of their continued disobedience).
When was the last time you counted your own blessings? Do you spend more time thinking about what you don’t have, instead of thinking about all the good things that you do possess (by God’s grace and mercy)? Let us be equally satisfied in Christ and with God’s provision, yet wholly dissatisfied in our own progress toward His ultimate desire for our complete sanctification. That is what it means to be blessed!
A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings. – Mason Cooley
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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