"My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof." ~Psalm 71:15
♥ A sweet visitor outside our window! ♥
I'm pausing today to ponder all the blessings God has bestowed in my life. The verse above indicates that the Lord God's mercies are countless. I will never be able to properly thank my Saviour for saving me and for all that He has done for me, but I aim to live my days on this Earth trying to thank Him as best I can. :-)
Our pastor has been giving a very convicting series of messages on fearing the Lord and daily living that out. To fear God's Name is not just some theological concept. It is a very real practice in the life of a committed Christian! I've been so convicted over things big and small, and I want every area of my life to show forth the reverence God deserves. If I am to claim the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, as my personal Saviour, I ought to daily be telling of His love and obeying His Word. As our church body heard yesterday from our pastor, glorifying God ought to be our personal, primary, and pronounced aim in life ~ Amen! I was reminded of this post and how I ought to have praise on my tongue all the day long.
Many of the reasons I began this blog ~ to record all that I am learning about sanctification in all areas of biblical womanhood ~ are so dear to my heart. It's truly a blessing to look back and reflect on what the Lord was teaching me then and to see how He faithfully continues to grow, convict, and refine me in these areas. I'm so thankful today that the Lord teaches us little by little how we can be more pleasing and useful to Him, aren't you? Are you as amazed as I that He is always watching over us? Are you in awe as I am that He cares so very much about the tiniest details of our lives? Are you as excited as I am that He wants us to daily go to Him with our needs? He's never too busy with other things to care for our needs ~ He's always there ready to pour out His love, wisdom, and grace in all areas of life. Wow.
I think back on the times when I didn't know Him personally, when I wasn't seeking His will for my life, when I hadn't asked Him to save me from the penalty of my sins. My heart just feels such remorse for how I hurt Him, how I displeased Him, for how I wasted so much time in my life not being useful to Him....and my heart daily (hourly!) grows in humble gratitude that He cared about me and saved a wretch like me!!! How can I waste another minute of my life by not trying to grow closer to Him or to tell someone else of what He has done in my life??? I can't! We live in some weary times! I must not waste any time at all! In the words of Mr. Collins from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, "Make haste! Make haste!"
There have been seasons of my life in which I have been more active in witnessing than others. As I think about it, this really shouldn't be the case. I should seize every opportunity the Lord puts in my path to share the gospel with those around me with my words and my actions. I pray today that as I try to do this by His grace in and out of my home that I will prioritize praising and glorifying His Name in all that I do today ~ from my daily household chores and teaching my children to sharing the gospel with whoever comes my way.
So many reasons to praise our Lord! He is SO good!
What are you thanking God for today? Who can you tell about God's goodness today?
"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." ~Psalm 34:3