by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35; Psalm 65:1-13
READ (verse chosen for meditation)
Psalm 65:4 “Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!”
Psalm 65 is a song of David. It is a song of praise for the many things which God provided and for whom God is to His people. It was David’s praise for:
- God’s willingness to hear the prayers of His people.
- God’s atonement for our iniquities.
- God’s grace for bringing His people to dwell in His temple.
- God’s righteousness, which was demonstrated through His awesome deeds.
- God’s hope in His salvation for the whole of creation.
- God’s abundant provision for the whole of the earth and all who dwell in it.
For all of these things, David give praise to God and advised that we shall be satisfied in the goodness of His house!
In the here and now, are we really satisfied?
For all of the things (1 to 6) that David gave praise for; God fulfilled them in Jesus Christ. We who believe in Jesus therefore enjoyed and continue to enjoy all these blessings in His Name. What else do we seek? We have a God who hears our prayers, who atoned for our sins, who provide for our every need and even guide us in righteousness!
Yet, I am one of those believers who sometimes take all these things for granted. Sometimes, I felt discouraged when God did not seem to answer my prayers especially for justice to be done. Even as I preach frequently of the Gospel, I do not find myself consistent in rejoicing and being grateful for the love and grace that Christ has for my soul.
Today’s readings reminded that I am very blessed in His Name. I am His child whom He has chosen to bring near in His courts. I should be satisfied. I should be thankful. I should be like David who shouted for joy.
Yes Lord, help me to be more grateful of Your many blessings to me and my family. This is so that I can be of great joy and serve you better in Your Name. Amen.