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A sense of gratitude
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
March 24, 2024

Have you ever spent time in God’s creation and made a list of the signs of God’s provision that you encountered? What if you turned your list into a thanksgiving song to God? Enjoy this list composed by King David: 

“You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing” (Psalm 65:9-13).

We might be quite distanced from countryside and farm fields. We might not pay attention to whether or not we’ve had too little rain for crops to grow well or enough rain and cool weather to help prevent fires from devouring forests and keep waters coursing in the stream beds.

Because we are distant from the natural processes that feed and clothe us, purify our air, and lift our spirits, we may lose our sense of gratitude—gratitude for creation itself, people who grow our food, and our Creator-God. God crafted and cares for his creation. He crafted and cares for us.

Ask God for eyes to see his goodness, and then exclaim with the psalmist, “Praise awaits you, our God” (Psalm 65:1).