Words from the Heart for Monday July 31st, 2017
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Psalm 107:15-16 (KJV)
Praise the Lord for His Goodness
When we read this chapter we see a pattern of people who needed God, called out to the Lord, and then forgot all about serving Him. They even grumbled and complained. They accuse Him of being the problem. What a reminder this is to us. Let us replace our complaints and grumbling words with praises to the Lord. He has never failed.
A couple of days ago I mentioned a CNN travel list of good things that marked Canada and Canadians. One on the list was “Hollywood North” where Canada stands in for so many other places in well known movies – places you thought were New York, Wyoming and Persia. For example, if you’ve sat through “The Incredible Hulk,” you’ve visited Toronto’s Yonge Street — at least via celluloid. “Capote”? You’re not in Kansas, Dorothy, but Winnipeg. “Twilight”? Vancouver. “Blades of Glory”? Montreal. “Titanic”? Much of it filmed off the coast of Halifax. And where in the world was Morgan Freeman’s shack in “Unforgiven”? Just up the road from Calgary in the Drumheller Valley — a moonscape-ish backcountry that’s also passed for Egypt, Persia, Armenia and East Africa in several film and TV productions.
There is so much for which to praise God. He is by nature worthy of all praise and adoration. The Bible tells us that heaven is filled with the praise of God – His glory fills heaven and in fact fills the entire universe. The angels spend eternity praising Him and God’s plan of salvation is designed to redeem men and women from every nation, tribe and language group in order that they praise the Lord too. Besides praising Him for who He is, there is much to praise Him for all that He does. The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 107:15-16: “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.” When we come into a personal relationship with the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, we experience His goodness in its full measure. He provides His grace and peace, His joy and victory. He sets us free from the prison of sin and guilt – that is what the Psalmist means when He speaks about breaking the gates of brass and cuts the bars of iron. What has the Lord done in your life for which you can praise Him? What good things has He done for you, or provided for you, for which you can praise Him today? Take the time to do so.
These have been words from the heart.