The Challenge of Giving Cheerfully — God’s Gifts

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.
For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

LORD Jesus, we humbly come before You now to ask for Your Strength for the week that is ahead of us. Guide us in Your Word, we pray. Keep us close to Yourself, and protect our hearts and minds against destructive thoughts, covetousness, and bitterness. Enable us to focus on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Fasten your seatbelts, please! This is going to be a challenging week. Today’s post will start off with our first challenge: Acknowledging that what we “own” comes from God, and the importance of cheerfully giving back to Him.

God gives and is in control of each life. If it wouldn’t be for Him we would not exist. The first man, Adam, became a living soul because God breathed the breath of life into him. As of today, children are still a heritage from the LORD (Psalm 127:3). How much and which parts of our lives are we willing to give to Him?

Matthew Henry comments:

Life is God’s gift, and he has appointed us the number of the days of our life (Job 14:5); let us therefore spend those days in serving the Lord our God with joyfulness and gladness of heart.

God gives to us our food and drink, our riches and wealth. It is also due to Him that we are able to eat, drink, and enjoy our riches and wealth. How much and which parts of our food, drink, riches and wealth are we willing to give up for Him?

Matthew Henry calls us to observe:

What it is that is here recommended to us, not to indulge the appetites of the flesh, or to take up with present pleasures or profits for our portion, but soberly and moderately to make use of what Providence has allotted for our comfortable passage through this world.

Yes, we enjoy finding ourselves on the comfortable path of not having to worry about tomorrow’s food and drink, don’t we? Greater yet is the blessing, though, that comes to us by sharing what we have with the ones who are in need. We honor God, who so graciously provides for us, by giving back to Him.

Praise God for your life and for everything He provides for you today.

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Hallelujah — Praise the LORD

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.

Psalm 135:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You for Your great Name endures forever. You are the One, the only One, who is mighty to save. What an amazing thought to dwell on that You would step down into this dark world to rescue us from our sins. You have made the way so we can follow You and spend eternity with You in Heaven. Hallelujah! Guide us and give us faith, we ask, as we study Your Word today. Reach out and touch our hearts that our faith will grow — so we can love You more and more and do what You command us to do. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

We usually end prayers by saying, “Amen” which means “so be it.” Knowing this should have us more aware what we agree with in prayer. Do you know the meaning of the word “Hallelujah” as well?

In Psalm 135 most of the words translated as “praise” are “hâlal” in the original. Looking up the reference for this word, H1984 in the Strong’s Concordance, reveals that this is the kind of praise which is colorful and boasting of the LORD. We cannot but sing to Him who alone is worthy of our praises. (Read more at Strong’s H1984 at BlueLetterBible.org)

For I know that the LORD is great,
And our Lord is above all gods.

Psalm 135:5

Hallelujah! Praise the LORD.

In Revelation 19 there are four verses (1, 3, 4, and 6) in which we find (H) Allelujah! The original “allēlouia” (G239 in Strong’s) stems from the Hebrew origin “hâlal” (H1984) and means “Praise ye the LORD.” (Read more at Strong’s G239 at BlueLetterBible.org)

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 150:6

One of my favorite hymns is called “Praise to the LORD, the Almighty.” It’s quite special to me because it has been one of the first songs I have heard and “recognized” while going to church in the States (becoming a true believer in Christ). God used this song to remind me of “Lobe den HERREN, den mächtigen König der Ehren” a song that is found in the “Evangelisches Gesangbuch” — a hymnal we used in the Lutheran Church in Germany.

Looking for the music? Would you like to join in and sing along? You can find the notes and lyrics at: Praise to the LORD, the Almighty (Hymnal.net)

Sing praises to the LORD the Almighty today.

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Bless the LORD

Behold, bless the LORD,
All you servants of the LORD,
Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the LORD.

Psalm 134:1-2

LORD Jesus, we praise You for Your great Love and Care for us. You have blessed us so richly by going to the Cross to bear our sins so that there is a way for us to go to heaven. Thank You for showering us with Your many blessings. Forgive us, we pray, that we so often forget all the benefits You are giving to us on a daily basis. Where would we be without You? You supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! Thank You, LORD. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Throughout the Bible we are called to “Bless the LORD.” What does that mean? We know that He blesses us through so many blessings in our lives, but how could we ever bless Him?

When God blesses us we are blessed with something He brings into our lives. When we bless God we call Him holy. In other words, we stand in awe of our Maker and Redeemer who alone is holy and worthy to be praised and worshipped.

Psalm 134 reminds me of our former pastor who used to quote this verse a lot during our prayer meetings. He usually emphasized the word “stand” 🙂 and then most of us would stand up. This is the psalm that also brings a song to my mind: “Come Bless the LORD” (Listen to a beautifully sung version of this at: https://youtu.be/G6E4CtkwzYM)

Another lovely song of a psalm, one you can sing (along) and bless the LORD with is called “All People That On Earth Do Dwell”, also known as “The Old 100th” performed by Keith Getty and the Sing Conference Choir in 2018. To see the lyrics and sing along click on “SHOW MORE” below the description of the song.

Bless the LORD! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost today.

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