November 16, 2014

Count Your Many Blessings – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness. The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing;” (Psalm 65:11-13)

The entire countryside, the hills, meadows, valleys shout for joy. They sing. They sing of praise and thanksgiving for God’s marvelous blessings.

The brightly colored leaves that cover our hills remind us that a special day of Thanksgiving is approaching, a day set aside by America’s president in a time too long gone, when a nation would accept the suggestion to stop count its blessings and give thanks. If Christians count fairly and fully, no matter what our problems may have been during the year, we will have to confess that God, as always, has crowned the year with goodness.

Have you noticed that this coronation figure (crowned) is frequently used in Scripture to speak of God’s blessings in the child of God?

For example: “

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;… Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Even our testings and trials are always in the context of God’s grace and love. Christ Himself wore a crown of thorns so that we may be crowned with mercy and salvation.

Consider also…

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,

You surround him with favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12)

The word “surround” is the same Hebrew word as “crown.”

The Key Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic defines the term this way:

“to encircle (for attack or protection); especially to crown (literally or figuratively): — compass, crown.”

Other sparkling jewels in the believer’s crown are God’s grace and glory.

“She [wisdom] will place on your head a garland of grace;

She will present you with a crown of beauty.” (Proverbs 4:9)

David marveled that the creator of the vast, unfathomable universe would think and care for man, let alone crown him with glory and majesty.

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

What is man that You take thought of him,

And the son of man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than God,

And You crown him with glory and majesty!

You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;”

(Psalm 8:3-6)

Finally, Isaiah looked forward to the time when the believer’s crown would be none other than the Lord Himself:

 “In that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;” (Isaiah 28:5)

 Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings for which to thank the Lord. Even if they have none, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all, with His own presence.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;”(Psalm 103:2)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

 

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