Markets: The Charging Bull is a Wall Street icon. Sitting just two blocks south of the Exchange, it symbolizes aggressive financial optimism and success. The statue, though, wasn’t borne of a prosperous Bull Market, but of an adverse Bear Market. Its creator installed it after the 1987 stock market crash to honor “the strength and power of the American people.”
Abundance: Most of us long for ‘Bull’ times—healthy bodies, strong relationships, and stable salaries. Here, in Psalm 65, for example, David thanks God for a fruitful harvest: “You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water … You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance” .
Endurance: It is good to give thanks to God for his gifts. And yet … “Many a man can bear affliction,” says Charles Spurgeon, “but few men can endure prosperity; and I have marked it, and you must have marked it, too, that the most perilous thing in all the world is to step suddenly from obscurity to power.” In other words, our ‘wallets’ might thrive in ‘Bull’ times, but our hearts rarely do. Why?
Daily: The book of Proverbs highlights one reason. Agur prays, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”  In other words, in ‘Bull’ times, we’re tempted to forget him and trust in our own strength, capability, and giftedness.
Prayer: Lord, In Psalm 65, we see that the main thing for which David thanks you is not the harvest, but your faithfulness to your covenant promises.  Since Christ is the fulfillment of those promises, we sing with David, “We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!”  Therefore, we don’t place our hope in ‘Bull’ or ‘Bear’ times—whether we have plenty or few. Give us only what is needful for us so that we may remember and trust you. Amen.
 See Psalm 65:9-12 ESV |  Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV |  Psalm 65:1-8 |  Psalm 65:4 ESV