Daily D – Psalm 128:1-2
How happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you.
PSALM 128:1-2 (CSB)
All you who fear GOD, how blessed you are!
How happily you walk on this smooth straight road!
You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming.
Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!
Now and again, you have a good day. We enjoyed several this past weekend.
After our weekend trip to spend time with our granddaughter and her parents, we enjoyed a smooth flight home and a glad reunion with our daughter and son-in-law and our dogs. Our dogs were especially happy to come home. They were exhausted after playing all weekend with Indie, our daughter and son-in-law’s Golden Doodle.
While we were in California, our granddaughter led us around the park. She dutifully took us by the finger and showed us her favorite activities. She loves the swings and slides. She has a particular celebration upon touching down at the base of the slide. She grabs two hands full of mulch and tosses it in the air like confetti. We should never stop celebrating victories large and small.
The writer of this psalm points out that walking with God, following his ways, is the pathway of blessing and good things. Life goes well when we go with God. This does not mean that we do not have problems. What it does mean is that we reduce our problems and worries and concerns by taking the right lead measures of following God’s clear directions.
God’s ways lead to the good life.
Today is going to be a good day. Tonight you will write something good in your gratitude journal, maybe even two or three things. Be on the lookout today for where God proves his love, his kindness, and his generosity in your life. Mark it down. Give your future self a place to stand when you meet a challenge requiring faith and fortitude.
I will celebrate victories large and small.
Our Father, you are the giver of all good things. Life works best when we walk with you. Take us by the hand today and show us your wonders. Show us the way we should go. Direct our steps. We look forward to ending this day with gratitude and praise. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.