Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:1–2 ESV)
It is easy to take for granted the blessing of food. I have never gone one day in all of my life where I have had to wonder where my next meal was coming from. I have suffered in other ways, but hunger has never been one of them. Why then have I always been fed if I have not always feared the Lord nor walked in his ways? The text says that the blessing upon those whom fear the Lord is that they will eat the fruit of the labor of their hands. The text does not say that only those whom fear the Lord and walk according to his ways will be blessed with food. Nor does it say that only those whom have food actually fear the Lord and walk according to his ways.
Those whom fear the Lord and walk according to his ways are blessed with a table of fruit from the labor of their hands. Those whom fear the Lord and walk according to his ways know that all food is a gift and a blessing to them. They give thanks before each meal to show forth to God that they are indeed thankful for his blessings. Often times I ask the Lord to bless the food before each meal. This text reminds me that the food is the blessing from God. It seems better to just lift up my arms to heaven and simply say thank you Lord for this blessing of food.
Ask the Lord this morning to bring himself to your memory before you place even the slightest morsel of food into your mouth. Ask him to cultivate a heart of thankfulness for each and every bit of nourishment he gives to you each day.