“Oh that men would praise (thank) the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
I like to get up in the morning and start my day in the Word of God. The days I do not start my day with the scriptures don’t seem to go well, and I feel “off”, as if I forgot to take a shower. I am reading through the Psalms and this passage spoke to me as it is filled with the praise we should be giving God and it lists the many things we have to be thankful for and speaks of God’s goodness to us. Romans 1 speaks of the depravity of mankind due to their unthankfulness and the deadly fall that comes from an ungrateful heart. There have been times in my life when I have not been grateful for the things I have, and I have been discontent with what God has allowed in my life. I have awakened many days without the praise to God on my lips, replaced with thoughts of dreading the day while my legs dangled over the side of the bed.
I recently told my wife that if I died today, then I would have lived a full life. God has allowed me so many opportunities and has blessed me with so many things. He has gone above and beyond in meeting all of my needs, and He has given me more than I have ever asked for. I cannot imagine my life without Him, and I know my ultimate need is Him as He is the only one who can satisfy. I may have a “gift wish list of all time”, but it pales in comparison to what He has already given me. We should thank Him more for answered prayer than the times we have asked Him for it. I have heard some say that God does not answer their prayer, but He always does and it may not be the answer you may be seeking, but it is always a yes, no or wait. God does not ignore our pleas and our cries, but it is always in His timing.
We have a praise time in Freedom That Lasts and some people come in late and are caught off guard when asked to give a praise for the week. Some easily share a praise while others stumble to find something they can be thankful for. I was convicted when I read these verses that there should never be a time in my life when I cannot give praise and thanks to my God. There should always be praise on my lips and thankfulness in my heart. It would be wise to meditate on the goodness of God as often as we can, and especially in the times when we are discouraged and downtrodden. We can always find something to be dissatisfied about, but more than that, we can always find millions of things to praise God about. God has given me so much spiritually and physically that my mouth dare not betray His goodness to me.
If you know me, then you know I love gifts, but gifts do not satisfy like that of my Lord and Savior. I can reflect on all that He is, and I cannot help but shed tears of joy as I dwell on His goodness. Who is like unto our God and who can satisfy like Him? I think of Solomon who had every earthly possession one could dream of, but found it all useless as there is no satisfaction in things. True contentment can only be found in our LORD. He satisfies like no other, and all praise and honor is due to Him for His goodness to mankind.
Do you praise Him for His goodness or do you find anything and everything to complain about? Do you realize what you have in your LORD or do you seek another? Do you truly believe in your heart that God is good? Does your life show that God is good or would those who work with you have no clue that you even know God? Do others see the joy of the Lord in your life, or are you known as a “Negative Nelly”? May the joy of the Lord be our strength, and may we always be quick with praise on our lips and thankfulness in our heart for our God is truly good all the time. Amen!