Words from the Heart for Friday September 21st, 2018
Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.
Jonah 2:8-9 (NLT)
From the Lord Alone
Praise for the Lord arises from Jonah. He commits to do the will of the Lord and follow his assignment. He celebrates the Lord’s mercy to him. He declares the Lord is his only source of rescue and salvation. How much better to do the will of the Lord without any detours! It is the Lord’s mercy that leads us to repentance.
Mention a beaver tail to anyone outside of Canada and the first thought will be the flat appendage on the south end of a northbound water rodent. Mention a beaver tail to a Canadian and the first thing that we think of is a delicious, flattened, hole-free donut, with an array of toppings. Served piping hot they are unbelievably delicious. How this has become an emblematic Canadian snack is easy to understand – we Canadians love our sweets. Only in Canada, eh?
Have you noticed that is usually in the difficult places, in the challenging times of our lives, that we take the time to ponder questions that have eternal significance? God often allows those times to come, or even leads us into such times, in order to get our attention or bring us to the place of repentance or renewal. When the prophet Jonah found himself in the belly of the fish, he took the opportunity to ponder eternal issues, and in Jonah 2:8-9 he writes, “Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.” Jonah never doubted God’s existence. But in the days he had to ponder things, he commits himself to follow the Lord completely, and to offer the sacrifice of a yielded life. That included yielding to the will of God for his life. To what is God calling you today? How can you offer the sacrifice of praise in your life? As you do, you too will discover that salvation comes from the Lord alone.
These have been words from the heart.