Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 16th, 2017
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
Psalm 40:16 (NRSV)
Great is the Lord
We are those who love His salvation. We have the special joy of belonging to Him. Let’s spread that report to others. Get in the glorious habit of giving Him praise for others to hear.
In 2016 the Trans Canada Trail, a not-for-profit organization committed to a nation-wide systems of recreational trails, introduced an appropriate title: The Great Trail. It is the longest system of recreational trails in the world. When fully completed, the Great Trail will stretch 24,000 kilometers from coast to coast to coast. As of last November the project is 90% complete. There remain some 240 gaps totaling 6,200 kilometers and the goal of the organization is that these gaps be completed before the end of 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. This would make the complete trail a 25 year project, since the organization was birthed back in 1992, Canada’s 125th birthday. The Great Trail is The Trail is multi-use and depending on the section may allow hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, cross country skiers and snowmobilers.
A trail may be called Great and no doubt the Trans Canada Trail is so. But even the grandest sections of the trail are simply a reflection of the grandeur of the Creator. But it isn’t just the physical creation that proves God’s greatness. There is an even greater awareness of God’s greatness in the redemption that He offers through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. King David lived long before Jesus became Immanuel, God with us. But he looked ahead, and in Psalm 40:16 he wrote: “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!” The greatest proclamation of praise comes from those who have experienced the forgiveness that comes through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Only a person who has viewed his unredeemed heart through the lens of God’s holiness, and has then been drawn to the Lord by grace, can truly express the joy of being set free from sin, guilt and shame. Out of an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude comes unbridled praise for the God who has done everything necessary. It is impossible for those who have been forgiven to keep their gratitude under wraps. It will burst forth in continual proclamation of praise. God truly is great. That is not debatable. But only those who have experienced His gift of love and life truly understand just how great He is. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.