The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain. (Ps. 65:9)

AS WE GET OLDER, we gain responsibilities (or at least we should). It starts small, like being responsible to pick out your own clothes or pack your own lunch. Then you’re responsible to pay for your own gas. Then come the responsibilities of paying taxes, providing for a family, raising kids, paying bills, monitoring your health, succeeding in your career, or caring for aging parents or wayward children. Leaders take on even more responsibilities, and heavier ones like creating policies, drafting and monitoring budgets, managing employees, envisioning the future, and then creating it. And if we’re not careful, we can believe that everything’s up to us. We can feel ultimately responsible. We can forget God.

David was the king of the land. The highest ruler in his nation. That is why this psalm is so beautiful. It paints a picture of a grateful leader, not an overburdened one. David knew that God owns the land, causes the rain, and provides the harvest. God gives us our daily bread. For David, the abundance of creation, the food we eat, the homes we live in, and the beautiful scenery we enjoy are not simply the results of natural processes or human effort. He saw the loving hand of God in all of it, like a father giving good gifts to His children.

Thank God out loud for one of His gifts to you today.

Jarod Osborne is the lead pastor of Warsaw Wesleyan Church. He is also the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

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