“Oh the LORD is good to me,
and so I thank the LORD
for giving me the things I need:
the sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The LORD is good to me.”
The Johnny Appleseed prayer song occasionally comes into my heart and mind. When I was little, my family sang this prayer before meals. Now that I am older, Yahweh continues to give me revelation about the significance of it.
The revelation that the LORD is good to me has not always been one I have believed. I believed the LORD works all things together for His good, or for the good of all, but that did not necessarily mean for my good. But the LORD is good to me. Countless Bible verses portray and confirm this, but to really believe the LORD is good to me regardless of my circumstances takes some effort at times, though at others it may come very easily and naturally.
Thanking the LORD is another revelation. Thanksgiving is a sacrifice and offering the LORD will not refuse. Thanking Him is vital to our relationship with Him. It puts us in a right mindset for approaching our Heavenly Father, and our Heavenly Father is pleased when we thank Him and acknowledge Him for all He has done for us.
Furthermore, we thank Him for giving us the things we need. We may not be getting everything we want (most likely), and we may not be receiving everything we need to survive in this physical realm (think of all the people who have died and are dying of starvation). Yet Yahweh gives us everything we need. We are more than the physical. Our spirit beings, our cores, do not need fruits and veggies to survive: they need the Word of God, the Bread of Life. This prayer song mentions three things: the sun, the rain, and the appleseed. Yahweh gives us light, living water, and seeds we can plant to produce fruit with the light and living water. How profound is that?
You can also consider it as “The LORD is good to me because He gives me the things I need, and I thank Him for His goodness.” It is a simple, childhood song. Or is it? Yeshua said to come to Him like little children. Do not simple professions of faith, particularly little ditties, count as that?
Proclaim the LORD and His goodness. This prayer song helps with that. Sometimes we need those little reminders. Prayers do not have to be complicated. They can be short and to the point.