You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head. He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. His glory is great through your salvation; splendour and majesty you bestow on him. For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence [Psalm 21:2-6]
As we walk with God, travel on the journey with Him through life, there are a number of things that maybe, as we mature, we become more aware of. I’ll give you my list.
One would be how little I really know. About anything, not just the spiritual stuff.
A second would be how much more I need God than I probably admit. His presence makes the difference.
The third would be how easily I forget that it’s His presence that makes the difference and just get on with life on my own.
Maybe a fourth would be recognising how patient God is with me, despite these first three on the list.
I could go on. Maybe you have some you would add to the list.
Without God, I can probably manage, but I just know that something is missing. In the midst of all the narratives that influence and impact my life, making time for the most important, what God has to say, cannot be overlooked.
Maybe the simple thing is to just take that time and acknowledge all the little ways in which God enhances my life, brings out the best in me, makes me look better than I really am, that in Him I am truly blessed.
He gives me my hearts desires. He answers my prayers.
He meets me with all that I need.
He crowns me with honour.
He gives me life, in all its fullness.
He makes me blessed.
He desires for me to enjoy being in His presence.
As much as I might think that all that I am, all that I could ever achieve or ever dream about in life comes from myself, I would be wrong. All that I have comes from my Father in Heaven. The one who loves to ‘fulfil the desires of my heart’, ‘who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His people’, ‘in whose presence there is fullness of joy’. I could go on.
It is God who gives. And all this despite my best efforts to mess things or miss things. It is God who gives, and it is in all this wonderful small ways that I must notice His giving and His love toward me, that I would rejoice, exalt His name and sing praise to Him, every day.
What have you forgotten that God has done or is doing for you?
What do you need to say thank you to God for?