Psalm 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
[This is certainly true in my life, for now I am old, and can look back and see how you have provided for me over all the years. I remember the Christmas we had no money to celebrate, and shortly before the 25th we got a check in the mail for $70, repaying me for a loan I’d made 3 years before and had forgotten about! It is definitely true, Lord, that you provide what is necessary through all our days.
You are our rich, wise, gracious Shepherd, powerful enough to provide all that is needed–and way beyond our needs, as you often do. We can trust you, we can rest in you, both during want and during plenty. Help us, Father, to keep that wonderful, biblical view of life–that we truly have no lack, even though by our own desires and the world’s standards we may seem to.]
Psalm 37:26 “They are always generous and lend freely;”
[With the view of a Father who provides all, we can and should be generous, freely sharing what we have been given. We need to grow more in this. Help us to know how much to give and where. Praise you that you will lead us so.]
“their children will be blessed.”
[As we give and live for you, our children will receive more grace and goodness from you; they also will learn to give, learning that you provide what is needed and that we can trust you 100%.
I saw this principle at work recently in a sermon by a young teacher; his message had depth, understanding, specific application and a concrete challenge for us to take away. He was a third generation believer, standing on the shoulders of his parents and grandparents, given a definite head start in life, understanding things I only grasped much later.
Praise you, Lord for the blessing you give to our children through us as we trust and obey you. May they serve you well to the end; may our grandchildren grow to be men and women of faith, making you the center of their lives, serving you well to the end.
Guide us today, Lord in how we should act and live, trusting you, lending freely, following you so that we might bless our children and bring you more and more glory. Amen.]
Pictures (2): we were young and now we are old