The wealth in ev'ry mine;
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills,
The sun and stars that shine.
Wonderful riches, more than tongue can tell -
He is my Father so they're mine as well;
God owns the cattle on a thousand hills -
I know that He will care for me.
John W. Peterson wrote this song, published in 1948. He was born in 1921 and died in 2006. He wrote over 1000 songs, including Heaven Came Down an Glory Filled My Soul, Surely Goodness and Mercy, This Is The Day That The Lord Hath Made.
It is a great reminder that God takes care of us. Generous is a word that describes God and we live out lives of generosity:
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,I have been prompted to think about financial resources this week. God resources us, and we resource others. There is seed and bread. We sow the seed and eat the bread.
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
-2 Corinthians 9:8-10 (NLT)
In Acts 20:17-38, Paul says goodbye to the Ephesian elders. This is where he warns them about wolves coming into the eldership of the church. He also warns them about taking money from the church.
This song, "He Owns The Cattle On A Thousand Hills", is Paul's song. All through Paul's writings, he says that God or Christ will take care of me. Paul's bottom line in Christ. And about the resources in your life, Paul quotes Jesus' saying, "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
Is this song your song too? Do you know that God takes care of you?
The gospel is about giving. God is a giver. God is generous. The blessing comes from giving. God gives to us and we give to others, showing off God to them.
That's the Christian life. God gave. Christ gave. We joyfully and humbly receive, and then give.
The New Testament teaches grace giving in a lifestyle of generosity, and living by faith - sowing seed and eating bread for today.