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November 28, 2019



Just thinking about the very,  very  beginning of creation — does anyone imagine  that an apple tree realized  that it was getting old,  and had better produce some fruit  with seeds in it,  so that those seeds  could plant themselves  and produce more apple trees,  so that  when the very first apple tree died,  there would be more apple trees  to carry on?     How can an apple tree  be cognizant  of its need  to reproduce?      How can an apple tree  have the ability  or concern  to create a seed  with a potential  for life?

One could ask  the very same question  about every form of life  on earth,  that obviously goes through  the process of decay  and death,  but also  reproduces its likeness.      There are so many wonders  in all of creation  that are so intelligently designed  that it is imperative  that we sing praises  to the Creator  and Sustainer  of all creation.      And then,  when we realize  that this almighty  intelligent designer  even created a way  for fallen mankind  to be redeemed  and saved for eternal life,  we are beholding  a wonder  far beyond  what any words  can describe.

It’s obvious  that we have a real,  inner need  to express praise  and thanksgiving  to our Creator,  Sustainer,  and Savior.      There is no real joy,  freedom,  or peace  for the life  that refuses  to recognize  God’s almighty power  and love  in all of creation.      The refusal  to break forth  in praise  locks up one’s heart  in bitterness  because it is an outright denial  of an obvious truth.      Such a life imprisons itself  in pride  and arrogance  to its own demise.

The writers  of the Psalms  were those  who enjoyed the freedom  and blessedness  of giving thanks  where thanks  is truly due.      Psalm 147:1  expresses it  by singing,

Praise the LORD!
For it is good  to sing praises  to our God;
For it is pleasant  and praise  is becoming.

Praise really is becoming.      Thankful hearts  are becoming.      Singing to God  is actually a necessity  of a life  that is to live forever.      We were created  to produce the fruit  of songs  that  “Praise the LORD!”      As we let  the seeds of praise  be planted  in our hearts,  we will grow  onto eternal life.      That,  in and of itself,  is a wonder  that cannot be described.

With thankful hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  we thank You  for all Your wonders  —  and especially for the wonder  of Your love  and salvation  through faith  in Jesus Christ alone.      Your wisdom  is so far beyond  our comprehension  that we praise  Your holy name.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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