A Closer Walk
Sometimes it is good to just bask in the glory that is our God. To simply enjoy being in His presence and to remain there for as long as we can. If we can push the world out of our prayer closet, we could be in our Lord's presence alone. Just us and Him. While there we might reflect on Who He is, and what He has done. In the quietness we may be able to hear His still small voice reminding us that we are so important to Him that He sent His Only Begotten Son to take our place on the cross. Perhaps this would enable us to be even more grateful to Him than we were before we entered our prayer closet.
"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High," Psalm 9:1-2 NASB. "...I will tell of all Thy wonders...." What are God's wonders? I once heard an M.D. tell of the wonders of the human eye. He named the nerves, the muscles, and the various parts of the eye. He described how each part worked and how it contributed to the vision of the person. This was part of a larger conversation and all of us present marveled at the minute detail and function of the various parts of the eye. When this little dissertation was finished he paused for a moment, then proclaimed with emphasis, “And that is Just the eye!” The implication being that the rest of the human body was equally wondrous, but tonight we were just talking about the eye.
The human body is a wondrous marvel. And so is all of God's creation. Dogs have a keen sense of smell for instance. In fact the sense of smell of the bloodhound is so trustworthy that it will stand up in a court of law. Hawks and eagles have such marvelous eyesight that they can spot prey on the ground while they are soaring overhead. In the case of the eagle they can even spot a fish swimming under water. Grasshoppers and crickets are able to jump many times their body length. Beavers take small limbs and sticks and build dams on the rivers. Who taught them these skills?
The earth is seven eighths water; so water is common in most places. All living things, both plants and creatures, require water to survive. Water itself is composed of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen. Yet if those two elements are separated from each other they become two different elements. One a fuel we can burn (hydrogen), and the other something we can breath (oxygen). One of God's wonders?
We can thank our God for all these wonders. And we may offer that thanks with all our hearts. Being thankful and expressing gratitude to our God are basics of our Christian faith. For everything we receive comes from the hand of Almighty God; including our life, our liberty, and the happiness we might choose to pursue. “John answered and said, ' A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven',” John 3:27 NASB. “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow,” James 1:17 NASB.
“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praises to Thy name, O Most High!”
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MEN! A heads up. One week from today, Friday, February 14th, is Valentine's Day. Just saying.