“You shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you…” (Dt. 8)
Notice the positive command here: eat and be full. God wants His people to enjoy His gifts and be satisfied with them and so bless Him. And the clear implication is that God loves to bless those who are full of blessing. Do you want God’s blessing? Then bless Him for all that you have. Rejoice in whatever He has given. This isn’t some kind of lever or mechanism, but it is a covenant relationship.
When Abraham went through the land of Promise, He built altars to the Lord and worshiped Him in particular places. Part of Abraham’s worship at those altars was thanking God for the land before it was fully given. And centuries later, it’s striking that in some of the very places where Abraham built altars Israel won significant battles. In the very places where Abraham rejoiced, God poured out more blessing. God loves to bless in those places where we are blessing Him the loudest.
So, every week we come here to bless the Lord, to say thank you for all that He has done for us, but do not be mistaken. God is not here saying that if you’re thankful enough you can have some bread and wine. No, God says, here, have another bite of blessing. Eat and be full. Drink and be full. He simply gives. And why? So that we will bless Him, so that He will bless us more. So as you come, thank Him for particular things. Build altars in particular places, paint those targets hot with blessing. And so, come and welcome to Jesus Christ.