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The Works of Your Hands

May 23, 2016

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The Works Of Your Hands

How we love  to look at what we’ve accomplished  and proclaim,  “I did that!”     And,  we’re given just so much more reason  to be proud  when someone else  pats us on the back  and exclaims,  “Good job!     You are so talented  in everything you do.”

It all shows our desire  to be approved of  and  victorious  over all odds.     But somehow,  it’s strangely hollow.     There’s still  something missing.     We ponder all the struggles  we endured — with troubled feelings,  we think about how much  we really needed help  and guidance — we try  to dismiss all the things  that really still are not right  or well-done.     There was a lot  of stumbling  going on.     Was it honestly something  well-done,  even though someone else is now patting us  on the back  and assuring us  that it is?

Maybe the problem is  that the Lord was not  in any  of that work.     It does not feel right  because God was not sought out  for help  and guidance.

We are all  a part  of God’s creation.     He created us as beings that must depend on Him  for all of our needs  and desires.     Most of the world disregards  their need  to lean on the Lord,  and because they reject God’s guidance,  they will pay  for that rejection  in eternity.     They will mull their way  through this world,  doing all they can  to build themselves up  and pat themselves  on the back.     But,  when it comes down  to the nitty-gritty  of reality,  they are as nothing  and all their work is  as nothing.     It will all be destroyed  on Judgment Day.

Only what is done  with the Lord  will last through eternity.

The things done  with the Lord  will obviously be things done  to please Him.     They will acknowledge  that the Lord is God  and that  there is no other God.     The things done  with the Lord in mind  are all things  that will cause one  to thank God  for all that He does  to work His salvation in us  and help us do  what is right and good  in His eyes.

There is peace and joy  when one works  with the Lord — instead of  against Him.

That is why the psalmist wrote  in Psalm 92:4-5,

For You,  O LORD,  have made me glad  by what You have done,
I will sing  for joy  at the works  of Your hands.
How great are Your works,  O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep.

When we let God  work through us  and guide us,  it becomes what  He”  has done.     What God has done  will always truly  be good.     We look  at God’s wisdom  in all that He has made  throughout all  of creation.     That wisdom  is so far beyond  our imagination  and ability  that it is only common sense  to go to the Lord  for all the help we need.     We are His creation  and He greatly desires  that we always go to Him  for all our needs  and desires.     In addition  to all that, the Lord is  our Savior  from all our sin.     He wants us  to come to Him  for forgiveness.

If we are too proud  to go to the LORD  for forgiveness,  we have got a serious problem.     But,  in spite of such a problem,  God is still  greatly desiring  that we turn back  to Him,  so that He can help us  in our needs.     God is still being faithful  in calling us.     We can still turn to Him  while we have breath.     If we continue  to refuse His love  and salvation,  it may get to be  too late.

God’s thoughts  towards us  are very deep.     We cannot comprehend the greatness  of His love  and sacrifice  on our behalf.     But,  we can remember  at least some of what  He has done  and let those things  bring us joy  and thankful hearts  that do include God  in our lives.

Let us turn to God  and thank Him  for His lovingkindness  and faithfulness.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it is good  to give thanks to You  for Your faithful love  and grace.     You do all things well.     Work Your truths  into our hearts,  so that we  may sing your praises  forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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