Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
Psalm 111:2-5, NIV*
The psalmist starts by praising God for what He has done in the past. They he switches to present tense: God provides food, remembers His covenant.
Sometimes I feel that while God’s acts and wonders are recorded and remembered in the Bible, in North America today we live with a sense of “that was then, this is now.”
Is it because the Bible is the “official” written testimony? That doesn’t mean God stopped working when John wrote the final “Amen” to end the book of Revelation. God hasn’t changed, as Christians in other parts of the world know.
I had a real treat the other week when I shared a meal with two Christian friends. Perhaps because we don’t often get together, we opened up to share what God has been doing in our lives, what He’s been teaching us, where He may be leading us.
I long for more of that kind of conversation. It encourages my faith, and it reminds me to keep a sharper eye out for God at work in the little as well as the big. And I think God enjoys hearing that we’ve noticed—and appreciate—His care.
Father, help me remember You are at work whether I see or hear or not. Help me look, help me recognize what You’re doing and return thanks. Give Your people boldness to declare Your work. And forgive us for beginning to believe that if we don’t see it, it’s not happening. How self-absorbed is that?
Let’s join Matt Redman in singing, “You Never Let Go.”
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Great post and yes I yearn for those meaningful conversations. I did two weeks of a prayer study here in Arizona and I am going to miss the wonderful conversations and prayers for the world as we leave this week for home. But home has some great prayer warriors and I am anxiously waiting for having those conversations with them. Continuing to ponder.
“And I think God enjoys hearing that we’ve noticed—and appreciate—His care.” ….. We need to remember how we appreciate “thank yous” for our loving efforts…. It just showing love in return.
Yup! A simple courtesy, but it makes such a difference.
Ooops! … Sorry for the grammatical error! 🙂
Faith truly is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).
Thank you for the reminder that, if we only use our physical eyes, we will miss much of what God is doing.
Bless you, my friend, yet another evidence of God’s goodness to me.
May He open our eyes and ears!