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You are Better than a Tree

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath.  Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
Isaiah 44:22-23

On Christmas Day – at least in my part of the world – I woke up to snow in the air.  It was a beautiful sight to see a new blanket of white on the frozen ground.  I was then blessed to spend the morning opening presents with my wife and children.  God is so good!

Sometimes it just seems like everything is right with the world.  “The hills are alive with the sound of music.”  We look around, and all of nature seems to be singing God’s praise.  Actually, this is a product of our attitude.  It happens when we start the day meditating on what God has done for us.

At least for believers, that should be an easy thing this time of year.  We are reminded of all the Lord has done for us.  Taking on our humanity and living among us was truly a special gift.  Then, bearing our sins to the cross and rising for our salvation was something we couldn’t have even imagined that God would be willing to accomplish for us.

What an incredible thing!  To have your sins forgiven.  To know that the blood of Christ washes you clean.  To be able to approach His holy presence without fear of condemnation.  It’s no wonder that Isaiah felt like all creation was bursting into song before him.

The privilege is ours now to run into His majestic presence.  Don’t start the day without spending time with Him.  Commit the day ahead to His care.  Let Him establish and maintain you.  Bring praise and worship before Him.  Don’t you dare let the forests and mountains outdo you in the praise of His glorious name!

Question: Is there something you would like to praise God for right now?

© Nick Zaccardi 2012

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Encouragement, Worship

 

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God’s Possession

Psalm 95:3-6
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Everything we see in all of creation is the Lord’s.  Every mountain, valley, and stream is the work of His hand.  It is the incredible variety of the Creator, however, that amazes me.  Sometimes when I am driving, I see all the mountains on the horizon, yet no two look the same.  Each one can be recognized for its own individual features

Not only that, but the Lord knows each one intimately.  Every tree, every trail, and each animal are well known to Him.  He created the entire majestic realm of nature for His good pleasure, yet He provides this bounty for our enjoyment as well.

It’s easy to feel close to God when in the presence of His handiwork.  When we look at Creation through the eyes of the spirit, it becomes a reflection of the Creator.  It gives us insight into the awesome power and love of our God.

Take the time today to thank the Lord for the beauty of the earth.  Thank Him that He has allowed us to share in the wonder of it.  As you approach the throne of Christ, remember that all the wonders of Creation are but a dim reflection of His eternal majesty.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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