The reading for today is Psalm 36:7-9, KJV.
7) "How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9) For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light we shall see the light."
These verses immediately bring pictures into my mind. I can see myself feeling safe and happy under the shelter of God's enormous, strong yet soft wings. Picturing being abundantly satisfied with the "fatness" of the Lord's house just makes me laugh and feel good.
Most of us have experienced lean times and many, if not most, of us have been blessed with the fat times. As a small child, I lived with my mother and grandparents on a tiny farm. Some evenings we would have a small bonfire and throw some potatoes in it to roast and put a chunk of fatback on the end of a stick to hold over the fire. When it started dripping, the melted fat was rubbed on some homemade bread. I thought it tasted great. It was a "fat" time for me both figuratively and literally. Back then I didn't realize it was all we had for dinner. How we view things can certainly change, can't it?
Drinking of the river of God's pleasure, and the fountain of life, immediately brought to mind a flowing melted chocolate fountain, one of the favorite delights of my grandchildren when I took them out to eat. They begged, "Could we have just one marshmallow dipped in it before our meal? Just a little dessert first, PLEASE?" So many rivers of pleasure God has given us. Not only the great rivers in our country and all over the world, but even the rivers of water that pour from the doors of our refrigerators and our faucets; the things we take for granted until we don't have them.
Be grateful. Remember to thank the Lord for His excellent loving-kindness. He has given us so much. He has truly given us the fatness of His house.
Gracious Father, we are so blessed by your abundant good. Help us to be aware, every day, of all you have provided us with. and help us to remember to thank you. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen
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Prayer Concern: Those who feel they have nothing for which to be grateful.
Alternate reading: Isaiah 42: 1-9, Hebrews 9:11-15, or John 12:1-11.