What does it mean to lay out a good spread?
And bountiful, let’s look at that word, too. It’s something we’ve heard, but it’s taken on an historic aspect, something our great-grandparents might have once said.
A spread, used as a noun, means a LOT of food, more than we can possibly eat. Imagine a family gathering, where each family member brings their share of the food.
You’ve been there. The food fills the breakfast room table, spills over into the laundry room, and overflows the sideboard. Even the card table comes out to alleviate the overabundance of meats and sweets.
That’s a good spread.
As far as bountiful, we need to look at the original word bounty. It tells us we have received far more than we expected, so much that we don’t think we can use it up. It overflows every nook and cranny.
Now let’s look at Psalm 37:3 in the trusted King James:
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Talk about a good spread . . . no . . . it’s better than that. If we trust in the Lord and do good, we will dwell in the land and receive a bountiful spread.
Think about it. We’re receiving God’s promise, the assurance of the creator of the universe, the one with enough resources to hang all the stars in the heavens.
There’s no need for God to stint on our provisions when he opens his hand to bless us.
We have only one requirement on our part.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good.”
How can we measure up? That’s easy. Be kind and considerate. Treat others well. Model our behaviors after the example of Jesus.
There. You are all set to receive God’s bountiful spread. You are welcome. Enjoy.
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