There were 21 emails from retailers in my inbox this morning. Shop here! Best sale of the year! This deal can’t be beat! You won’t regret this purchase! Get the hottest toys before they’re gone!
All these messages work their way into our subconscious. The day after pausing for gratitude we are pushed towards consuming. We switch our gaze from how much we have to how much we lack. The parasite of discontent eats away at our happiness faster than we realize.
An overwhelming sense of not enough begins to drive our decisions.
I am not fashionable enough. I need that shirt in my closet so I can look like that person I admire. I am not loved enough. I need to buy that gift for that person so they care about me more. I am not good enough. I need to host the perfect holiday with the perfect decorations so I can feel good about myself. I am not successful enough. I need to purchase lavish presents so those people think I have more money than I do.
This not enough thinking sometimes influences our connection with God, too.
His grace is not enough. I have to work my way into His favor. His love is not enough. I have to seek my worth in other places. His wisdom in not enough. I have to take my life into my own hands.
The Bible breaks into this thinking with a contrast. God is more than enough. Everything about Him is lavish and abundant and overflowing with goodness.
Psalm 35:5-9 provides beautiful poetry of this God who is so much more than we imagine.
This God. This God of abundance. This God of overwhelming goodness. This is the God who loves us. Who sent His Son for us. Who cares about the details of our lives. Who wants us to come to Him and rest.
I am grateful for our abundant God who is more than enough for my needs.
Walk through the Psalms is a series reflecting on the beautiful and timeless poetry found in the middle of the Bible. It is an intentional study of God’s Word, grounded in the belief that God gave us the Bible so we could meditate on it, whether that takes us through inspiring or frustrating territory.