Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. - Habakkuk 3:17-18
Dear God, I have always been amazed by Habakkuk's statement here. I am so used to praising you for the blessings you send my way in the form or food, money, good health and a bright future. But Habakkuk says that even if all those things be gone he would still praise you because you were his Savior. I do get glimpses of this kind of pure praise in my soul. But too often I feel like my praise must be purchased with some sort of worldly blessing. Forgive me for my shallow thankfulness Help me to rejoice deep in my heart that my eternal salvation is secure. And give me that joy that brightens the room springing from the peace of knowing you and your final, wonderful gift of total rescue. AMEN
"If we have the one thing that will always be needful, then we are not needful of much else."