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** …who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ** Psalm 103:5

As Americans, I think nearly everyone, even those who do not claim Christ as their all in all, can bless God for His bountiful provision. There are very few that live from day to day and wonder if they will be able to eat.

Before moving to Spain, in the early 1980’s, we lived in a fairly poor neighborhood. Our neighbors were single moms, families on welfare, retired and elderly people, and a potpourri of races. Most were good neighbors, helpful and friendly. Many, like us, as single income homes, were just getting by.

From time to time, a neighbor would knock on our door to borrow something. The use of the phone, rubbing alcohol for a sick child with a fever. Maybe some flour or butter because they ran out in the middle of a recipe.

But no one ever came to the door begging for food. Never. Not ever. Nor did we have to.

Not the thief who lived next door, whose partner had 5 children. Not the woman who was regularly taken to the psychiatric unit. Not the single mom on the other side of us that had 3 children, including a set of twins.

Because, even back then, before the excessive prosperity that we see in the United States today, God blessed each family with food on the table.

I never knew anyone who had to sit down for a meal with his family and pray and thank the Lord for the food that wasn’t on the table like George Muller did years ago. Not ever.

Sometimes, we look too hard for the blessings that God gives us. Sometimes, we miss what is right in front of us.

A full refrigerator. Or a full SECOND refrigerator. Or a full, oversized, doesn’t really fit in our kitchen, refrigerator.

**… so the eyes of man are never satisfied. ** Proverbs 27:20

God promises to satisfy our mouths and provide for us, but it can be tough for us to be satisfied when our eyes are always wandering up and down the grocery aisle, or checking out Amazon for the latest deal. We always want something else. Something more.

But the Lord reminds us in this Psalm that we have enough. We eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and a few snacks throughout the day. We are full to overflowing. Our pantries could feed us easily for a couple of weeks without even going to the store again.

** …who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ** Psalm 103:5

We eat enough every day to give us the energy to do almost everything we used to be able to do 10 or even 20 years ago. We might even work harder than we used to. And we can because we are full. If we aren’t full, it is by choice, not because of true need.

But, God, in His mercy and lovingkindness (v4) , knows how we are. He knows our selfish, insatiable desires, and still faithfully provides for His children. Daily. Our daily bread. Daily blessings. And then some.

If you read John 6, you will see the feeding of the 5,000+. And you will see words like…**And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

God always does more than is needed.

Joel 2 tells us** And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. **

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Forget not all his benefits.

Our health, our home, our lack of hunger.

Being satisfied. Every day. Even with a hot fudge sundae on a hot day!

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