Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 36
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Brian Doerksen singing… Creation Calls … gloriously and poignantly expressing the reality that God’s creation all around us declares His glory.
Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 136:6 [NLT] …
6 Give thanks to Him who placed the earth amid the waters; … His faithful love endures forever.
… Yes, all that our Lord created is for us.
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 136:1-9 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK …
… The Psalmist gives thanks to our God, who created all of Hs creation for the crowning glory of His creation … mankind.
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Psalm 19:1 [NKJV] …
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. … The skies display His craftsmanship.
… Look around us. God is everywhere in His creation.
Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … John 1:1-3 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… All things, were created by the living word, our Lord, for mankind and His glory.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David Roper, uses a quote from C.S. Lewis to help teach about God’s creation declaring His glory. The ODB author wrote: Author C. S. Lewis describes a walk in the forest on a hot summer day. He had just asked his friend how best to cultivate a heart thankful toward God. His hiking companion turned to a nearby brook, splashed his face and hands in a little waterfall, and asked, “Why not begin with this?” Lewis said he learned a great principle in that moment: “Begin where you are.”
A trickling waterfall, the wind in the willows, a baby robin, the blue sky, a tiny flower. Why not begin your thankfulness with this?
Does God sometimes seem far away? … I think we’ve all worn that t-shirt of spiritual weariness at times, feeling distant from God. But today’s ODB entry helped me, … along with the teaching of C.S. Lewis, the singing of Brian Doerksen, and the truth of God’s word, to realize that all I have to do is look around me in creation, as the Psalmists did in Psalm 19 and 136 (above); and I can get a warm hug from what God has created for me and all of His crowning glory, … mankind.
So, if you need a hug from God today, look into the heavens at the stars, or do as C.S. Lewis suggested to take a drink from a gentle waterfall (see photo); … or see a bird flying high, … or … well, you get the picture from God’s creation. He’s always there, … all around us, … reminding us of the love He has extended to us from His creation.
Let us be thankful for all He has made for us.
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, I feel Your warm embrace as I see all You have made for me. … Amen
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