April 15 – Blessed before a Watching World

Psalm 31 is another vivid reminder of God’s goodness.  David reflects on this goodness not only when life is going great, but also when he is in need of protection from his enemies.  How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

Sometimes we forget that we don’t live in a vacuum, nor move through life in a darkly tinted bubble.  Instead, people are watching to see just how we react to challenging situations in our lives.  One gal waiting for help with food and clothing from a ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church, said she was curious to see how the Christian volunteers would respond when the computer holding critical information would not turn on.  When we are squeezed by trials, what comes out? Praise, trust, and hope came out of David, and may that be what others see in us as well.

What about when blessings of various kinds come our way?   Does a watching world see us praise God from whom all blessings flow? The woman at the Faith Center saw that instead of us getting flustered with the computer, we circled to pray and then when the computer began to work, thanksgiving to God was offered up.  As God’s children we can ask Him for all kinds of needs.  At times His reply is right away and when we express our thanksgiving, people around us see His blessing too.

Psalm 31:19 NLT