Recently my husband and I launched a diet of sorts. I’ve been reading about how our bodies operate best when fed true food, healthy and fresh and whole. As I think about how to effectively feed my body this week, it is natural that I would also explore how to feed my soul. It stands to reason that our souls would also function best when fed correctly.
This observation is why, perhaps, Psalm 37:3 struck me so deeply this morning.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” (NKJV)
What does it mean to feed on God’s faithfulness? What would it look like? I picture two scenarios in my head.
In the first scenario I see horses feeding upon lush grass in a field. Their heads are down, grazing leisurely. Their tails lazily swish flies away. Their backs absorb the warm afternoon sun. It’s peaceful, enjoyable—an ongoing feeding process as they munch and linger.
The second scenario is less relaxing but just as sweet. I picture my boys, two years and six months old, feeding upon each other’s energy. The older makes a spitting sound that only a two year old boy can appreciate, and then the younger smiles and gasps. His eyes dance as he encourages his brother to continue. The enthusiasm and volume level escalate as their shared joy swirls around them. They feed upon each other’s excitement to keep the playtime going.
I imagine “feeding upon God’s faithfulness” to be similar to these scenarios—a restful enjoyment of God’s presence and promises all day. Or perhaps a wild revel in His goodness and constancy that makes you want to dance and scream and giggle and maybe even make ridiculous spitting noises.
I continue chewing on that verse, and I wonder why we are encouraged to feed on God’s faithfulness as opposed to His many other appealing qualities? His faithfulness is what causes Him to be steadfast, unchanging, true, constant. He won’t leave. He won’t change. His faithfulness will sustain. His faithfulness will carry you through your day, toddler tantrums and sticky rice on the carpet and all.
Friends, your God won’t leave. He won’t change. Can I encourage you today to let your soul feed on His faithfulness, however that might look for you? Enjoy Him moment by moment. Find your sustenance in His constancy, His unshakable goodness. Let His joy bubble up inside as you graze on His faithfulness through the hours. You might find that it’s the best meal you’ve ever had.
by Evelyn Rennich, Smallish.
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