Scripture: Psalm 36
Key verses: (7-9)
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Reflection: Are you afraid you never have “enough”? Did you know that our personal understanding of our resources as “scarce” or “abundant” completely shifts how we use those resources and our overall sense of satisfaction? When you feel that resources are scarce, you hold on tightly and you worry. When you feel that resources are abundant, you share freely and you experience less anxiety. All of that is true whether we are considering time, money, love, forgiveness, or anything else.
I once read that churches that believe they have everything they need to accomplish the mission God has given them thrive and grow. Churches that believe they don’t have enough (money, staff, people, whatever) are prone to wither and die. I wonder how such a subtle shift can create such a different outcome. I know that hospitality flourishes when we have a sense of abundance so perhaps welcoming newcomers is a part of that result.
The writer of Psalm 36 knew the truth of God’s abundance. He uses the metaphors of a feast, provided in the Lord’s house, and a river, flowing with life and brimming with goodness. God is generous. God’s grace is abundant. God’s love is steadfast. We don’t ever have to worry that there won’t be enough for each of us.
How do you experience God’s abundance? And how do you share God’s abundance? Take time today to think about your resources. Where do you feel pinched (time? Energy? Money?)? How does that attitude affect your daily life? Pray that God will give you a spiritual sense of abundance so that you can be generous with everything you’ve been entrusted.
Prayer: Thank you, dear Lord, for your abundant love poured out on my life in Jesus Christ. Your grace is like a fountain, flowing with goodness. Transform my heart to trust you to provide what I need. Shape my life by abundant generosity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].