Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Show Appreciation

Psalm 95:1-11

“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.  The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. ” (Psalm 95:1-5)

Just realizing who God is, and how powerful he is ought to make us want to praise him for caring about us.  After all he is the creator of the universe and controls everything.  We ought to sing freely about his love and blessings. 

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.” (Psalm 95:6-9)

We can either choose to enjoy what God has done for us, or we can be fretting because things aren’t like we wanted them like Israel did in the wilderness, constantly rebelling and trying to make things the way they wanted them. 

“Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”(Psalm 95:10-11)

God had been frustrated with Israel for forty years because no matter what he did they complained about is and demanded their own way. He finally told them that it was over and that that generation would not be allowed to go into the land and receive the promises.  I Corinthians 10:11 tells us, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”  If we want to continue to experience God’s blessings, we need to learn to appreciate what he has already done.    If all we ever do is complain, there is no reason for him to continue to bless us. 

Sadly, many people do not understand this principle even though it works the same way in human relationships, but most people are not as patient as God.

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