Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017 … A “Son Rise”

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 108 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of glorious views of God’s creation with Brian Doerksen singing … Creation Calls … poignantly displaying in song God’s wondrous creation, showing Himself to all who would see Him.

A sunrise over Athens, Greece 

Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 148:3 … [NLT] … 
3 Praise Him, sun and moon! … Praise Him, all you twinkling stars! 
… Look up and see His glory.
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 148:1-6 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The Psalmist praises God for showing Himself thru His creation.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Deuteronomy 10:14, 33:26 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God displays His glory every day in what He has created all around us.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Psalms 19:1, 89:11 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God displays His glory every day in what He has created all around us.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … James 1:17 [NLT] … 
17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 
… James knew that God created it all !!

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Jeff Olsen, tells a personal story to illustrate how we can see our God’s handiwork every day. The ODB author wrote: Sunsets. … People tend to stop what they are doing to watch them . . . snap pictures of them … and enjoy the beautiful view. 
My wife and I watched the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico recently. A crowd of people surrounded us, mostly strangers who had gathered at the beach to watch this nightly phenomenon. At the moment the sun fully slipped below the horizon, the crowd broke out with applause. 

My wife and I love sunsets too; and we’ve seen some glorious ones, having lived in Hawaii and traveled in the Greek Isles. Me personally, … I’m a sunrise guy, … being a morning person. But my wife misses a lot of those, NOT being up too many mornings early enough to see God show off God’s glory in a sunrise.

I can recall one absolutely magnificent sunrise as we cruised into the harbor in Athens, Greece a few years ago with a group from Insight for Living Ministries. Note the attached photo, taken by a friend I met that morning on the deck of our cruise vessel, who shared God showing off that morning; and he was nice enough to share his photo with me [Thanks, Paul!]. It was magnificent! … God’s created sun rising over the Acropolis where Paul preached his famous Mars Hill sermon [in Acts 17]; and we also saw where that happened later that day.

And when I see a sunrise like that, I think of God’s “SON” (not “sun”), rising in my heart everyday because I believe in Him as Lord and Savior.  So, … the next time you see a glorious sunrise or sunset, remember that God’s Son rises in the hearts of Christians every day and will never set in darkness when we join Him in glory.

And PLEASE take the time to view the video and take in the images with the song linked above, … meditating on God doing a glorious show-n-tell everyday with His creation.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … thank you, Lord, for showing Yourself in Your creation and especially, as today here, Your Son rises in my heart … Amen

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