“The Lord is my Shepherd!” “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 “Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay…” Daniel 9:19
The late great George Beverly Shea did. He penned the words, “The Wonder of it All” and sang them with great gusto over and over again! His wonderment was to think about how God loved Him. Have you ever gazed in wonderment about God’s love like this?
I hate to admit that all to often I find myself on the flip side of Bev’s coin. Not wondering about the miraculous offering of Jesus. Or, a sunset, a river, a tree but always wondering why someone did this or that. Or, said this or that? I start to doubt and then I win the jackpot of unbelief. Bev’ antidote for the cure of doubt was to formulate words of encouragement and beauty. He writes:
“There’s the wonder of spring time and harvest
The sky, the stars, the sun
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that’s only begun
The wonder of it all
The wonder of it all
Just to think that God loves me…”
What thrills my soul? Many things really. But, one wonderment is when I see the hand of God as He connects little pieces of a wonder that I have into a beautiful work of art thought the hands of a number of people to send me my answer. It’s like a love letter. It surely thrills my soul and I sing along with George Beverley Shea, just to think that God loves me. What thrills your soul?
The Cost of Following Jesus
“Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 61, 62 NIV
And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you , go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”
I will follow you, Lord, wherever you go.” Luke 9:57 Will I?
Have I ever made an excuse as to why I could not go and proclaim the Kingdom of God everywhere? When I grow up? When I win the lottery? When my kids grow up? Now college bills? Now grands? Now retirement? Now? Now? I wonder if the first excuse was all it took to hear “not fit.” I have heard it said in business, they don’t have the tools for the job. “A skill set….” Yet, many without skill set lands the best job because of attitude. Many times a skilled set of tools come with being on the job and learning. Nothing to it with a wiliness. Jesus sure understood people with attitudinize. And, replied, “not fit”….someone else landed the job! Now, you go and take care of yourself and your things and spend your money for a summer fling. Make sure you look as good as you can and buy yourself some new clothes. I don’t know any excuse makers, do you? Would someone tell me what was and is wrong with Jesus’ way of thinking? Or, have I misunderstood?
I have areas at times in my life that needs a key to unlock the answers. Do you? Jesus announces that He holds the answer keys. Give Him a call and see how things work out for you. He has unlocked many solved mysteries for me.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
(Revelation 1:18, NIV)
The God who made us and calls us beloved might just know how to unlock our heart’s doors if we trust the key that might just upgrade our antenna service.
Hope your day brims with blessings long awaited for!
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;…” Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
This is the way Psalm 103 begins—David was goading himself and stirring himself up to bless the Lord. Having been a shepherd David may just have known how to prod and goad sheep. This career may have given him the idea that he needed to stir himself up and begin to speak and say good things about the Lord in a spirit of admiration, gratitude and splendor. He spoke boldly to his own soul; telling his inward man to remember God’s benefits, speak of his wonders, tell of his greatness.
David continues by listing many of the benefits of God and then sending out sparks of interest to others. “Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord all his hosts, his ministers that do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”
What are some ways you goad and prod your soul with every fiber of your being to bless The Lord by naming His benefits?