July 20

Psalm 145:10-13

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.” vs. 10

Even the most nationalistic of the psalmists knew that the kings of Israel and Judah, no matter how rich or powerful, were nothing when compared to the Lord of the Universe. National rulers may sputter and fume, strutting for the masses in their fifteen seconds of fame, but only God deserves our thanks and our blessings. It really is laughable to see how we humans boast in our momentary triumphs of technology and science–it’s almost as though we think we created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, as though we’re responsible for our own presence. All such notions are of course nonsense–we’re like the flowers and grasses of the field, here today and gone tomorrow. And yet we have the privilege to have existence on a planet that, so far as we know, is literally miraculous, specially designed to give us the best life possible. Every day, no matter what direction we look, we see the fingerprints of the Creator. It isn’t anything we could possibly replicate–and we get to live out our lives here and enjoy earth’s bounty as a gift! Can we do anything other than join the rest of creation in giving thanks? Surely it must be our first prayer every day!

Thought for the Day: What’s my first thought when I wake up?

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