“Getting Something For Nothing,” Psalm 64-65; Ezekiel 19

“Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.” Psalm 65:1

“I did it again.”  This was my first thought as I woke up this morning.  Each day, I serve a God who blesses me more than I deserve.  Each day I want to end my day by praising Him for who He is and for His abundant grace in my life.  But from time to time I blow it by going to sleep without even saying thank you for what God has done for me.

Psalm 65 is David’s praise for the abundant provision of rain.  This chapter is small in length but deep in praise.

Think it through:

1.  Do you and I have any reason’s to praise the Lord?

“Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts.”  

If you are a Christ follower, you have been given something for nothing.  Jesus went to the cross, purchased your redemption at a great cost, and rose from the dead so that we might be given eternal life.

“Yes, you and I have been given something for nothing.”

2.  Do you and I spend time considering the impact of our blessings?

David reminds us of two things:  First, we are blessed to be in fellowship with God.  Each day, we serve a God who guides, protects, gives peace, and empowers us to do great things.  Secondly, we are blessed with the favor of God.  As the world plunges deeper and deeper into darkness, you and I have the joy of walking in the light.

“We have the light of life,”  John 8:12

God’s preferred response:

Daily we should spend time with God reading His Word so we can be reminded of all we have received freely from Him.

Daily we should spend time with God reading His Word so we can make full use of all He has given us.

Each day, it should be our goal for our last words of each day to be, “I praise you for (You fill in the blank).”

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