Praise for the Harvest

This is the time of year when farmers harvest their crops and reap the benefits of their spring planting. Their products find their way to farmer’s markets, harvest fairs, and grocery stores in our great land.  It is also a time to praise God for sending rain to nourish our lands and the strength and ability to bring in the harvest.  This reminds me of what David wrote in Psalm 103 verses 1- 2, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits…”  

Reading this I ask myself: Do I forget all His benefits? Not a day goes by that I don’t reap a benefit of knowing Him. But often I forget to thank Him for them.  Such benefits as another day to live, a roof over my head, food on the table, my family, a church family, and so many more.  Some of these I may take for granted. But all too often I am more interested in asking Him for help or for things for myself and others.

Later in this Psalm, David lists five spiritual benefits: forgiveness, healing, preservation, loving kindness, and good things. The greatest benefit He gives us is salvation in the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus. He also gives us the Holy Spirit and the peace of God that passes all understanding. You probably can think of more. Recalling these benefits gives us many reasons to worship Him. We reap these benefits because of our faith and trust in the Creator God Who nourishes us daily through His Word. 

What a harvest!  Amen?