04 January 2011

Daily Bread

Psalm 136 is unique in that all 26 verses in the Psalm end with the phrase “for his mercy endureth for ever.”  It’s obviously a song of praise (I’d love to hear it sung) listing many reasons to “give thanks to the Lord” (vv. 1, 2, 3, 26).  One of which is found in verse 25:

Psalm 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Did you eat today?  Breakfast?  Lunch?  Dinner?  A snack or two in between?  Did you thank God for it?  Is that just a habit, or was it truly an expression of thanks and an acknowledgement of God as the true source of that provision?  

Food is a blessing from God.  It might be that some of have so much of it that we just don’t think about it that way.  We take it for granted.  We’d do well to remember that if we ate something today, it’s because God gave it to us.

Some cross references for your margin:

Psalm 104:13-15 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.