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It seems popular in this day and age to assume that good things just happen and that if there is a God, he is responsible for all the bad things that happen. Our reading this week from the Psalms takes a very different tack. It looks to God as the one who is gracious, who has done good, who is worthy of praise in all that he does.
The Psalmist looks to God as the one who is the just judge, not like human judges. The people should look for God to be the one who will lead them and care for him. He is the one worthy of all praise.
What is the example given by the Psalmist? Here, in verse six, God is the one who brings harvest. He is the one without whom we could never eat. This kind of daily care, bringing sustenance we need, is what should result in praise to God. On the contrary, however, we tend to ignore God or even blame him for all the ills which can come upon us.
God is gracious to his people even when they ignore him. He is gracious even when he is not recognized. He is the God who is full of grace and mercy.
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