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Psalm 111:5 speaks of something that's very important in my life, and in yours also. God provides food for all his people.
I like food, don't you? Really, we are not made to go too awfully long without receiving nourishment. Food is not only fuel, but it is something the Lord uses to break down societal barriers and to bind people together with one another.
On the day I am writing this reflection, I hear a speaker who made an offhand comment about how food is simply a good thing. When we pray, are we thankful that we will be fed or are we thankful that food exists?
This was a good comment. It pointed out the self-centered nature of some of our prayers. Here's how. Rather than giving thanks to God for being the good Lord who is able to provide for all, we easily fall into the trap of simply thanking God for meeting our desires.
Psalm 111 presents God as worthy of praise, period. No matter what He provides or does not provide, no matter what he does in our lives, He remains worthy of praise and honor.
We all need nourishment. We want it several times a day, and many in our world are able to get all they need and much of what they want. But whether we live or die, whether we are fat or we starve, God remains the one who has provided our world with His Word. That never passes away. The Lord has also provided the world with more resources than we could ever need, both physical and spiritual. He is able to feed us well, from His bounty, for the glory of God and the care of our neighbors.
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