Psalm 34:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
I love you, Lord. You fill my life with good things. You have caused me to prosper. Every good and perfect gift is from You. I have abundance- a loving wife, kids you are blessing and causing to flourish and make their way in the world. A comfortable home, more than adequate provision. Abundance!
Don’t let my comforts and pleasures seduce me. I don’t want to live in self-indulgence, self- absorption and smug self-satisfaction. I want to be a channel, a conduit of Your goodness and grace, not a reservoir. Reservoirs get stagnant!
Why do you love Psalm 1?
Because it’s such a great metaphor for the kind of life I want to be living: sinking my roots deep into the soil of Your love, truth, wisdom. Drawing such nourishment from Your word that it naturally results in all sorts of good fruit in my life- wisdom, hope, joy, generosity, lovingkindness, faithfulness. Lord, I want the fruit in my life to be so abundant and of such quality that it impacts my world. That others can enjoy the fruit of my life in such a way that they are drawn to the loving God I serve!
Did you know that contentment, thankfulness and satisfaction are some of the fruits that please Me most? My heart is grieved by folks who live in gnawing fear and anger and envy and frustration because they look all around them and see people with more than they have. Covetousness of every kind rots the soul and cuts off the flow of some of My richest blessings.
Like we’ve discussed many times, the truly blessed guy isn’t the one who has everything he desires, but who desires everything he has.
You worry, perhaps a bit too much, that My blessings will become idols for you, that they’ll somehow seduce you and make you smug and self-satisfied and self-centered. Check your contentment levels. Those who turn My blessings into idols don’t tend to be contented, grateful people. They’re often marked by envy and a restless craving for more. or by fear- fear of not having enough. That leads to a lack of peace.
Generosity-the willingness to share your blessings with others- comes from a lack of fear. If you’ve tasted and seen that I’m good and kind and generous, you can be generous- even bold and reckless (in human terms) in your generosity because there’s no fear of loss. Stingy people have a scarcity mentality. Generous people have an abundance mentality. Hoarding and fear and and stinginess and a scarcity mentality result from a failure of vision, from failing to truly taste and see how good I am. This is what my servant David was getting at in Psalm 34.
This is all about the posture of the heart. It has very little to do with the size of your balance sheet or how much stuff is in your house.