Thursday, November 24, 2011

Come Ye Thankful

 9Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
 10Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
 11Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
 12They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
 13The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing. 

Come Ye Thankful

How fitting that this is our Bible passage for today, as this is the day that we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. I considered writing a special devotion for Thanksgiving and then continuing on with Psalm 65 the next day. However, as I read this passage from Psalm 65, I realized that it is a very fitting text to use for a Thanksgiving devotional.

Having the internet at our disposal offers us the unique ability to "see" practically anyplace in the world we want to see. I love to look at pictures from countries far removed from my home state of Iowa. Although the buildings may be constructed differently, there are really very few differences. Oh, it is true, some places are desert lands, some inundated with rivers and streams, some mountainous, etc., but nature is still nature.

The sun shines in the desert just as it shines in the mountains, and though the desert receives very little water, there are desert rain storms just as there are rain and snow storms in the mountains. Each land has its own unique creatures, as well as creatures that are found practically every place on our globe. Birds fly over the sand as well as over the water, and creatures burrow under the sand as well as in the crags of the rocks.

We have a great tendency to take our world for granted, and thereby take God for granted as well. What an amazing land He has created and given to man, with the charge to dress it and keep it. Man can do many things, but can we really make things grow? The psalmist was right to proclaim:
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
This, indeed, is God's earth. He has provided us with a beautiful earth, sends the rains to water it, and gives it the ability to grow a diversity of plants to feed us. However, it is not just a utilitarian land; rather, it is a land filled with awesome and wondrous beauty as well. 

Take some time today, in the busyness of the holiday, to walk outside and enjoy the lovely earth God has provided for us. Just imagine what it would be like without the sound of the birds or without the trees and flowers that dress the land. Even in the winter, the whiteness of the snow provides a stunning display of God's beautiful handiwork.

Yes, come ye thankful people and enjoy the world God has created for you!

God Bless You,
Linda



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