Appreciate God’s Wondrous Deeds

October 3, 2013

Friends,
Through Jesus, we are to be continually praising God. (Heb. 13:15) However, if we do so from a heart that harbors sin, the Lord will not listen to anything we offer to Him, whether it be petitions or praise (Ps. 66:17,18) or service. (Mt. 7:21-23) But, if our heart is clean before God, we should rejoice in our privilege of coming before Him with thanksgiving, requests, worship, vows, songs, service, adoration, and praise. Such actions on our part, and through the Holy Spirit, enable the Lord to speak to us, counsel us, comfort us, instruct us, and to pave the way for deliverance and blessings. (Ps. 32:7 & 50:14,15,23 & ch. 134) What a wonderful God He is!

Because our Creator is so wonderful, we should be declaring His attributes and deeds. We should be encouraging each other in proclaiming aloud His holiness, kindness, compassions, faithfulness, mercies, justice, power, wisdom, beauty, splendor, authority, redemption, and more. Indeed, “It is fitting for the upright to praise Him” (Ps. 33:1), and to do so more and more (71:14), telling of His righteousness, salvation, and mighty acts all day long. (v. 15,16)

What do we do when we see God’s hand of mercy and power as He protects our lives, provides for us, and gives us His Word and presence? Do we thank Him?

What do we do when we see God’s hand of wisdom and beauty in the intricacies of His creation? Do we stand amazed and exalt Him?

What do we do when we hear laughter, music, songs from birds, or the gurgle of a brook? Do we clap our hands with joy to God?

What do we do when we see majestic mountains, tall grass rippling across fields, or a brilliantly colorful sunset displayed across the western horizon? Do we marvel and tell the Lord we appreciate being able to experience it?

What do we do when we feel a cool breeze, a loving hug, a prickly fruit, or the soft fur of a pet?

What do we do when we taste or smell something yummy or fresh?

What do we do when the Lord spares us a heartache?

Do we take these wonders and miracles for granted, or do we gratefully, even excitedly, extol God for His marvelous “inventions”, generosities, and acts?

1 Chron. 16:7-12 is an excellent “song of thanks to the LORD: Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles and the judgments He ordered.”

Turning just a few pages over, to 1 Chron. 29:10-13, we read a beautiful passage of grateful and exalting prayer to God, included there these affirmations: “Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; You are the ruler of all things.” (v. 11c) Do we believe this? Then may we take refuge in Him always, and so continually say, “Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.” (v. 13)

And may we never tire of adding our own words of praise, such as, “For You, O LORD, are the One who displays Your awesome power across the universe, Your mercies from the skies, and Your comforts through Your Word. We take joy in Your works, LORD, we praise You for it all, and we thank You for who You are. Amen and amen!”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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