June 5, 2017

Give thanks for the Lord for He is Good - Psalm 136:1

I have a confession to make...I am a Francophile!  I love everything French...and have for many years.  My first trip there was in l982 (when I was poor as could be) when I flew over to the South of France to help some friends with a job they had.  My second...and probably last...trip was in 2010 when Don and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  This time to Paris!

I just loved walking the streets...so when I found some "Paris streets" fabric,  it was like going back again!  I even found our hotel and many of the streets we walked.  I find the city awe-inspiring.

But that awe is nothing compared to the awe I feel for the Creator of the Universe...the God who made me, called me to Himself,  has a wonderful plan for my life and desires that I would walk with Him and strive to please Him in every way.  It is this God who is good, who is the only One worthy of praise.  It is His Holy Spirit that enables us, as believers,  to develop the fruit of goodness (Gal. 5:22).

The author of Psalm 136 began his song with this verse...He began by reminding himself of God's goodness and love.  He then spends the next 25 verses recounting all that God has done...His great wonders and many provisions.  He was in absolute awe of God.  Listen to what Jen Wilkin says in NONE LIKE HIM:

Research shows that when humans experience awe...
we become less individualistic, less self-focused,
less materialistic and more connected to those
around us.  In marveling at something greater than
ourselves, we become more able to reach out to others.

The problem is we don't "look up".  Wilkin says: "Awe helps us worry less about self-worth by turning our eyes first toward God, then toward others".  We ought not to miss the awesomeness of our Creator God.  What are the things you marvel at?  Are you looking up at your Creator God and marveling at Him?  When I begin to focus on myself, I get very petty.  When I focus on my God,, my heart becomes very grateful.  Tonight, go look at the night sky and see if you can take any credit for the stars and the moon...give thanks to the One who put them there for His own glory!!

For further study:  Gen. 50:20, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 119:68, Psalm 145:9, Lamentations 3:22-23, Matthew 19:17, John 10:11, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Timothy 4:4, 1 Peter 2:3.

Be blessed in your understanding of God's word.


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