I can’t complete Ruth without getting into the Application section, but I’m going to wait on that till we get there in my Bible study. So for now I’m headed back to Pslams. This one is a good one to re-enter on.
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
It is always a good reminder to us to show the Lord our appreciation for the many blessings he’s given us, chief among them being Salvation itself.
I think the key here is perspective. If you consider your life to be your own and your possessions to be what you deserve and your position in life to be what you’ve earned, then it is really hard to give glory to anyone but yourself.
However, if you consider that you were dead in sin and (if you accepted Jesus) you are now born again into eternal life… If you consider that every item that you have is actually owned by the Lord and you are merely taking care of it for him (and enjoying the benefits of that arrangement)… If you understand that your position in life is a direct result of God’s blessing (not taking anything away from your hard work and dedication – which God uses and takes joy in)…
If you keep that perspective, then you can’t help but shout to the Lord with all your heart and thank him for everything in your life. If words fail you, look up the Psalms and read some of them out loud or in prayer. The Lord deserves your praise and he delights in it.