Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name; bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget his acts of kindness. He forgives all your offenses, cures all your diseases, he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness; he contents you with good things all your life, renews your youth like an eagle’s. –Psalm 103:1-5

My concept of contentment comes from a form of Christianity that sets itself up in opposition to the world. Contentment, my old schooling says, is a tool of the enemy used to lull us into complacency, to keep us from acting on the things God calls us to.

This Psalm states “[Yahweh] contents you with good things all your life….” It’s a radical reminder: God gives us all good things and he wants us to find contentment in them. This is not a contentment linked to complacency, but rather with peace and a larger sense of our place in God’s plan, and ultimately leads us into renewal of life.

I personally do not expect life to be easy, but the good things in life give us a contentment that allows us to rest in the pure goodness of God; that good rest is surely another way for him to work out our salvation within us.

Lord, let me see the good things you give me and be content, resting in your goodness and loving kindness. Amen.


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