As children, many of you probably learned some kind of simple mealtime prayer. “Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing, thank you God for everything,” for example. Or the song my nephew uses, “Thank you God, thank you God, for this food, for this food, and our many blessings, and our many blessings, Amen, Amen!” In my house growing up, the dinner prayer was, “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for this food.” That simple prayer has good theology and is the main point of today’s passage in the middle of Psalm 145.
The author, King David (of “David and Goliath” fame), has just written that he will “bless” and “praise” the name of the Lord “forever and ever” (vv. 1-2). He just cannot contain the joy that God has put in his heart. Now, in verses 8-16, the psalmist marvels at God’s kindness to all of His creation. God is “good to all,” both believers and unbelievers alike. He provides us food, clothing, and shelter for our bodies. God is patient and long suffering regarding our sin, being “slow to anger and great in mercy” (v. 8). God’s people, His “saints,” are especially blessed because we can see the glory of His “kingdom” as well as His “power” and “mighty acts” in our lives and the lives of those around us (vv. 10-13). I pray that today we could join with David and the rest of God’s saints and praise God for His greatness and goodness. Let us thank Him for our food and every other good thing that we receive from His hand of grace.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand, And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Questions to Think About
1. Do you have a common prayer that you use at mealtime? Maybe you can take time today to think more about the words of that prayer and to let your heart truly give thanks to God before you eat.
2. In your next quiet time with the Lord, take a few moments to give thanks to Him for all of the blessings in your life. There is an old hymn that wisely encourages us to, “Count our many blessings…one by one” so that we can see and give thanks for all the things that “God has done” for us.
3. Do you ever find yourself feeling ungrateful? What should we do when God shows us a lack of thankfulness in our hearts?