Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verses: (15-16) The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
Reflection: These verses are used by many households for grace at meals. If you need to “refresh” your standard prayer at mealtime, try these verses as a prayer.
It comes from a beautiful psalm calling for praise of God by highlighting both the character of God and what God has done. In the original Hebrew language you can see the special care taken to craft this psalm — each line begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet in alphabetical order.
The psalmist may have known life’s difficulties and challenges, as we all do, but with poetry and word pictures it’s the grace and steadfast love of God that is central. “The Lord is gracious and merciful… The Lord is good to all… The Lord is faithful in all his words… The Lord upholds all who are falling down.” Even to those who are falling and are bowed down the psalmist says, praise! Give thanks and praise God! Focus not on the shortfall of our lives, focus on the abundance of God.
Its more than positive thinking. It’s choosing to focus on something that transcends our lives and even our dreams. It’s choosing to lift up your eyes from here to where God is looking out for us.
Prayer: All our eyes look to you, O God, for you give us the food and the nourishment we need at the right time. All you have to do is open your hand and the desires of every living thing are satisfied. Help us to keep our eyes on you. Satisfy us with your goodness. Open our mouths to speak your praise. In the name of the steadfast, faithful, and gracious God we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].