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GATHER IT UP!

Date: June 30

Category: Sow and Reap

Psalm 104:27-28
"These all wait and are dependent upon You, that You may give them their food in due season. When You give it to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, and they are filled with good things."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is a wonderful psalm. Let's examine the full context of this psalm by starting at the beginning. Throughout this psalm, we read about how God has created the earth so that everything functions in an orderly fashion. In verse 5 we read, "You laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be moved forever." God has created the earth just as He wanted it to be. In verses 8 and 9 we read, "The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which You appointed for them. You have set a boundary [for the waters] which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to deluge the earth."

Then we read in verse 13b. "...the earth is satisfied and abounds with the fruits of His works." So this psalm shows how the work of God satisfies the earth. In other words, God has put natural laws in place in order for all the earth to be satisfied by His works. Throughout verses 14-22 we read about how God causes vegetation to grow for the cattle, how He waters the trees and causes them to be filled with sap, how the birds make their nests, and even how the young lions roar after their prey and God is the One who gives them food.

Then we come to verse 23, which says, "Many goes forth to his work and remains at his task until evening." So all of creation is dependant upon God. When we receive the things that we need that is a provision of God. When we walk into the kitchen and smell tasty food and a delicious meal waiting for us that is a provision of God.

Then verse 28a says, "When You give it to them, they gather it up…" When there is a delicious meal in the kitchen, it's important to remember that somebody had to prepare that food. Somebody had to chop the vegetables, season the meat, and cook the food in order to have a prepared meal. So yes, God gave us the food, but we have to cook it. Yes, God gives us the provision, but we have to gather it up.

So if we are to experience the provision of God in our lives, there are things that we have to do first. We have to gather it up. We will never have success in life served to us on a silver platter. There are many people who want to become millionaires but are not willing to work for it. God has already given us all the blessings that we desire, but we now have to go and take it. We do that by working, saving, and investing. Most of us will earn more than a million dollars in our lifetime. But when it's time for you to retire, how much of that money will you have left? There is a concept of sowing and reaping here. You sow hard work and you will reap success.

It's the same thing in marriage. God has given us harmonious relationships, but both the husband and the wife have to do their part to make the other person happy. They have to do whatever it takes to please each other and they have to tell the other person what it is that will make them happy. When both spouses are attuned to one another, then the marriage will be harmonious. Again, if you sow good seeds into your marriage, you will reap good results in your marriage.

So gathering up God's provision really means working to gain it. Let's go back to read what verse 23 says. "Man goes forth to his work and remains at his task until evening." That's the sign of a diligent worker – someone who goes forth to his work and remains working even until evening. Sometimes that's what it will take for you to gain the results that you want in life.

Galatians 6:7c says, "For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap." If you sow good seeds, then you will reap good results. If you sow bad seeds, then you will reap bad results. But if you don't sow anything at all, then you won't reap anything. Think back to the delicious meal waiting for us in the kitchen. If no one puts food inside a pot, then you can check the pot hours later and it will still be empty. It's impossible to have something come from nothing.

Then we read in verse 28b, "You open Your hand, and they are filled with good things." Yes, God will open His hand and give us the things that we need. Yes, He will fill us with good things in life, but we have to stretch our hands in order to receive those things from God. We have to gather them up, meaning we have to sow seeds of hard work and diligence in order to reap success and blessing.

God installed this law from the beginning. In Genesis 8:22 we read, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." So seedtime and harvest time have been a law that was installed from the beginning of time and it will never cease. That's why it's important to remember that in order to reap the best, we have to sow the best. So today, let's sow our best seeds of hard work and gather up the provision that God has already given us!

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