Monday, March 19, 2012

Psalms: God's Giving Heart

I have already thought about Christmas—the cold weather, the warm sweaters, the snow, and the joy of the season. And it’s not even April yet! It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is—when I am really happy, I hum Christmas songs. They just seem to “eek” out when my joy is overflowing. I just hummed “Deck the Halls” with my eight-year-old friend the other day. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year, not just because of the music, lights, and decorations. It’s a chance to show people you love them, with the fellowships and the food, the presents and the cards. It’s a time when you get to share good things and give good things to those you love.

God is a gift giver. Giving is something He does all year long because He delights in giving “good things to those who ask Him” (Matt 7:11 NKJV). As James 1:17 (NKJV) tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” The book of Psalms is filled with the kinds of things our heavenly Father loves to give us.

What does God give us?

• Life (Ps 119:50)
• Strength and peace (Ps 29:11)
• Light and understanding (Ps 119:130)
• Counsel (Ps 16:7)
• Grace and glory (Ps 84:11)
• Protection and support (Ps 18:35, 37:24)
• Justice and freedom (Ps 146:7)
• Food/necessities (Ps 111:5)
• Sleep (Ps 127:2)
• Rest from adversity (Ps 94:12-13)
• Deliverance (Ps 18:17, 34:4)
• Relief (Ps 55:18)
• The desires of our hearts (Ps 37:4)

God gives the best presents. At Christmas, we celebrate His most precious Gift—Jesus, who came to earth as a Man and lived a sinless life. At Easter (which is coming soon), we celebrate Jesus’ death for us which paid for our sins, and we celebrate His resurrection which gives us the assurance of life forever with God.

God’s gifts are an expression of His perfect love for us. He doesn’t withhold any good thing “from those who walk uprightly” (Ps 84:11). If He gave us His Son, we can know that He will give us everything we need for daily life and for the Christian life. We can trust Him that He will give us the desires of our hearts, as we delight in Him first (Ps 37:4). If for some reason our desires haven’t been fulfilled yet, then we can trust Him that He has something better in mind for us, or perhaps the timing just isn’t right. But being the perfect, loving Father that He is, we can trust God’s timing and wisdom. After all, He gives “perfect” gifts—just what we need when we need it. Thank You, Father, for Your gifts of love!

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NKJV).

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