It is easy to let all this prosperity go our head. God warned the people of Israel about this in Deuteronomy 8:17-18. Our human nature is to celebrate victory, even if the victory may not be completely ours. Let us be very careful to acknowledge with great thanksgiving the blessing of God, both in our own lives and in those around us. That is one of the reasons we have a day called “Thanksgiving” each year.
One of the primary reasons that I love the Psalms is that they express thanksgiving and celebrate before God in so many different ways. It is my goal to read what I call a “Power Psalm” each day before I pray. Each of my Power Psalms help me take the focus off of me and the stuff going on around me, focusing instead on the God of Jesus Christ, whom I seek to serve. They remind me from whom all blessings flow.
Today my Power Psalm is Psalm 84. It reminds me that this world, even a thriving Patterson, has so little to truly offer me. What my soul desires is to be in the presence of my Creator just like Adam was in the Garden of Eden. Better is one day in the courts of my God than a thousand elsewhere. Finally, blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord! You and I need to remember who we are in relationship to the Almighty God.
For some of you reading this, it all might sound a little strange. God seems far from you, but I know that part of you yearns to have a very personal relationship with this God, our heavenly Father. Please don’t get caught up in the “feel good” stuff that so quickly runs out in this life. Seek out a friendship with Jesus, the Son of God. He came to earth, lived among us with a body just like us (John 1:14), told some great stories, joked and changed lives.
If you would like to know more about this Jesus and His Father, look me up neighbor. It would be my pleasure to share him and hear about your life story. We could meet over something sweet to eat and/or drink. And with the new prosperity of our home city, there are more choices than ever. See you around town, neighbors. Enjoy the day!
The Rev. Ken Hasekamp is pastor of Adventure Christian Fellowship. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.