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Grateful- Day 4

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Scripture: Psalm 136:5-9

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.
Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.
Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.
the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

Devotional: Oh, how we can so easily overlook the magnificent gift of God’s creation.  Today’s psalm reminds us of just a few of the things He has made: the heavens; the earth and sea; the sun, moon and stars to start. 

He also made you and knit you together in your mother’s womb with every intricacy and with plan and purpose.  Every day ordained for you has already been written in His book before one of them came to be, and He has fearfully and wonderfully made you in His image. (Psalm 139)

His handiwork is reflected in the beauty and the variety of landscape across the world: majestic mountains, arid deserts, lush forests, vibrant oceans and rivers.  His creativity is seen in the millions of species of animals, birds and insects that cover the earth with color, and purpose. 

Creation alone is reason enough to know that God exists. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  So give thanks to God for the revelation of Himself that comes through creation. And take time to enjoy the beauty of His handiwork as you walk through your day.

Reflect:

  • What in God’s creation do you most enjoy or stand in awe of?
  • Give thanks that He has made Himself known to you through what He has made.
  • Listen to So Will I by Hillsong United and join with all creation in praising Him.

Grateful- Day 3

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Scripture: Psalm 75:1 We thank you, O God!  We give thanks because you are near.

Devotional: Today we can give thanks because God is present. He is near.  Whether we are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18),  or have a heart filled with the assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22), God is with us. 

Psalm 73:28 says, “But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”His nearness serves as our shelter, He is our protector and when we seek Him, He guides our path, just as a shepherd protects and guides his sheep to rich pastures. 

Psalm 139 reminds us there is no where we can go that God is not there. No matter how high or low, or dark or light, He is there. The question is:  are you aware of His presence?  Or do you ignore or take for granted that He is always with you?

Distractions abound in our culture.  How often are you a casualty of the many things that would take your attention away from God’s very Presence?  Take time to reflect today on the gift of God’s nearness and to thank Him for that good and perfect gift.

Reflect:

  • Stop for a few moments today contemplate how God is near to you every second of every day.
  • Give thanks for tangible ways His Presence protects and guides you.
  • Listen to Touch of Heaven by Hillsong Worship

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