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Take It to Your Heart

September 21, 2014

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Take It  to Your Heart

God Almighty  does so much  for us  day after day.     He always has  since the beginning  of time.     When Moses spoke  to Israel  about all the things the LORD had done  for them,  he said  in Deuteronomy 4:39,

Know therefore today,  and take it to your heart,  that the LORD,  He is God  in heaven above  and on the earth below;  there is no other.

This is what all  of life  is based on.     If it wasn’t  for the LORD’s power  to create,  there would be nothing  —  no earth,  stars,  flowers  —  nothing.     If it wasn’t  for the LORD’s power  to sustain all  of creation,  we could not exist.     If it wasn’t  for the LORD’s power  to save us  through faith  in Christ Jesus,  we would perish eternally.

That means  it’s only decent,  right,  and good  that we acknowledge  the LORD  for our every breath  and blessing  —  even in our distresses.     As we think  on all He does  for us,  we need  to rightly give thanks  and praise,  with a reverent love  in our hearts.     That’s why Moses admonished the people  to  “take it  to your heart”.     Take what  “to your heart”?  —   all the truths  about God’s almighty power  to create,  sustain,  and redeem us.

It’s mighty important  for us  to note  that Moses also said,  “There is no other”.     “There is no other”  LORD  or God  of any sort.     If we ask,  “So what?”,  we need  to see  that it means  that nothing can thwart the LORD God.     Nothing can change Him  —  His love for us  —  His plan  of salvation  —  or His ability  to save us  and sustain us  on a daily basis.     We don’t have  to worry  about other powers thwarting God’s plans.

In our sinful natures,  it is so easy  to become despondent,   faithless,  defiant in our sinfulness,  and lazy  in serving God  simply because  in all our troubles,  we imagine  that God no longer loves us.     We no longer feel an urgency  to live a life  of honest love  and service  to God’s glory.     We resist God’s purpose  in changing our hearts,  and so wallow  in our old sinful habits.

In other words,  we are allowing ourselves  to be suckered  into unbelief  —  in spite  of all  of God’s grace  and love.     We need  to realize  and  “take it  to your heart”  that the LORD  has proven Himself  in all  that He does  —  and in fulfilling His promises  of a Savior  in even the smallest details.     That’s love  for us   —  a powerful love.

Therefore,  we listen up  and “take it  to your heart”  when Paul writes  in Philippians 4:4,

Rejoice  in the Lord always;  again I will say,  rejoice!

We remember that we do have something to rejoice about,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your faithfulness  even during our failings.     Let us always rejoice  in You  for all You do.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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