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The World Is So Full of a Number of Things

October 23, 2017

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The World Is So Full of a Number of Things

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote,  “The world is so full  of a number  of things,  I’m sure  we should all be  as happy as kings,”   he spoke a truth  that is often said  throughout the Bible  —  but in different words,  of course.

The truth is  that God has created  so many wondrous things  in this world  for us to enjoy  and use.    The many blessings  we have  all around us  should make us  as happy as kings,  because they are awesome things  that display the marvelous power  and infinite  love  of God for us.

Instead of being so grumbly  and “down-in-the-mouth”  all the time,  we should  start looking around us  and thanking God  for the many blessings  He gives us  every day  —  even though  we don’t deserve them all.     The writer  of  Psalm 147  tells about  just a few  of the things  we can praise God for.

Praise the LORD!
For it is good  to sing praises  to our God;
For it is pleasant  and praise is becoming.
The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts  of Israel.
He heals  the brokenhearted,
And binds up their wounds.
He counts the number  of the stars;
He gives names  to all of them.
Great is our Lord,  and abundant  in strength;
His understanding  is infinite.
The LORD  supports  the afflicted;
He brings down  the wicked  to the ground.   

Sing to the LORD  with thanksgiving;
Sing praises  to our God  on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens  with clouds,
Who provides rain  for the earth,
Who makes grass  to grow on the mountains,
He gives to the beast  its food,
And to the young ravens  which cry.
He does not delight  in the strength  of the horse;
He does not take pleasure  in the legs  of a man.
The LORD favors those  who fear Him,
Those who wait  for His lovingkindness.   

Praise the LORD,  O Jerusalem!
Praise your God,  O Zion!
For He has strengthened the bars  of your gates;
He has blessed your sons  within you.
He makes peace  in your borders;
He satisfies you  with the finest  of the wheat.
He sends forth His command  to the earth;
His word runs  very swiftly.
He gives snow  like wool;
He scatters the hoarfrost  like ashes.
He casts forth His ice  as fragments;
Who can stand  before His cold?
He sends forth His word  and melts them;
He causes His wind  to blow  and the waters  to flow.
He declares His words  to Jacob,
His statutes  and His ordinances  to Israel.
He has not dealt thus  with any nation;
And as for His ordinances,  they have not known them.
Praise the LORD!

Let us take stock  of all the beauty  and blessings  around us.      The more we think  about our blessings  as blessings,  the more thankful  we can be.     We are  so greatly loved.

As we give thanks  and praise,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD’s love  and power  is infinite.”

Love,
Margaret

*** The scanned picture above is from:  “In The Nursery of My Book House”,  edited by Olive Beaupre Miller,  published by The Book House for Children in Chicago, copyright 1937.     The artist is Maginel Wright Enright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s sister.

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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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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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