Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Power of His Works

 2 The works of the LORD are great,
         Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
 3 His work is honorable and glorious,
         And His righteousness endures forever.
 4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
         The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
 5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
         He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
 6 He has declared to His people the power of His works,
         In giving them the heritage of the nations. 
          
(Psalm 111:2-6, New King James Version)

Power of His Works

How does God declare the power of His works to His people?
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
     In giving them the heritage of the nations.
How easy it is, as Christians, to take God for granted. Because we expect righteousness and holiness from Him, we tend to overlook His goodness manifest to us in our own personal lives. God is not just a God who dwells on high, looking down upon His children from afar, rather, He is a God who is personally and intimately involved with every single child of His.

Indeed, as we read our Bibles we come to understand that the works of God are great; there is no one who has ever lived or will ever live who has so cared for His own. He does not miss a thing, but moves and works in our lives, caring for us and gently prodding us to keep us on the paths of righteousness.

His ways are honorable and glorious, His righteousness endures forever, and He is gracious and full of compassion. God is never too busy or too tired to listen to the pleas of His children. Neither does He necessarily answer our prayers in the manner we believe He should, for He is constantly sending us the right measure of blessings and trials to grow us and enable us to become more and more like Him.

In the end, we really do not want to remain as we are, selfishly going our own way. As children of God we desire, in our heart of hearts, to cast off the sins which so easily enslave us so that we may become more and more Christlike in character.

What an amazing God we serve. He not only saves and keeps us, but He continues to chip away at our sins and mold us so that we become more and more like Him. It is certainly not in our nature to be truly loving, kind, and unselfish, but in Christ all things are possible. Indeed, God has declared to His people the power of His works, giving us the heritage of the nations.

Life will not always be as it is now. The day will come, whether it is through the return of Christ or our own deaths, when we will enter the gates of heaven to live with Him forever. It is more than we can imagine, is it not? What a glorious day that will be when we shed our coats of sin forever!

Let us, then, live this day in the power of His works, magnifying and glorifying His name above all.

God Bless You,
Linda


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