What a Gift!
Try to imagine in your heart this morning what the Lord felt as He was singing this psalm in the upper room just hours before Calvary.
When He got to the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked the Lord to give Him back the glory that He had with Him.
God is a giving God. He's not only given us this wonderful world, but the greatest gift of all was the gift of His Son. John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son..." (NASB).
Paul was so overwhelmed by that gift he said in 2 Corinthians 9:15: "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (NASB)
In contrast to the idols that can give us nothing, our God is alive and He has given us a wonderful gift in this world which we live. I'm sure you, along with many others, are facing this day with the depressing thought that you can't be a candidate for blessing in the present because of the past.
Our Daily Bread says: "Brooding over the past paralyzes the present and bankrupts the future." (December 30, 2002)
Oswald Chambers said: "Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God will turn the 'might have been' into a wonderful culture [source of nourishment and growth] for the future." (Our Daily Bread, December 30, 2002)
Listen to Jonathan Edwards' resolutions: (1) Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live. (2) Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, to improve it in the most profitable way I can. (3) Resolved, never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another. (4) Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge. (5) Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.