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CHOSEN TO PRAISE GOD – November 8

When children of God speak about spiritual matters, their faith will manifest itself. When they speak about natural things they often sound no different from the world. They may not with the world call incidents the work of mother nature. They may not say with the unbeliever that they were “lucky” or “had bad luck.” But because they do not have God in all their thoughts, they often speak in a way that renders no praise to God, even though that is our calling.

It is very revealing and instructive to notice what David wrote in Psalm 65:10, 11. He wrote, “Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: Thou settlest the furrows thereof: Thou makest it soft with showers: Thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. ”

Did you notice the emphasis upon the words Thou and Thy, ascribing what happens in natural life to God and His goodness? Read these verses again and put emphasis upon Thou and Thy. The world will say, “It rains and pours outside.” Or “It is snowing again.” Faith would say, “God is sending abundant rain.” Or, “It pleases God to make the snow fall again.” Faith will sing a versification like this:

The furrows sown with living grain,
Are softened by Thy gentle rain
The springing corn to bless.
The year with goodness Thou dost crown;
Rich gifts in mercy sending down
To cheer the wilderness.

How different it all is going to be in the new Jerusalem, when all sin is rooted out of our bodies, and we are com-pletely freed from the old man of sin. Then we are not all simply going to speak one language, regardless of what nation, tongue, or tribe we belonged to here below. But we are always in everything going to speak praises of God.

Read what Peter wrote for our instruction, but also for our comfort: “But ye area chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye may shew forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Pet. 2:19).

That should be manifested now in our life here below.

Read: I Peter 2

Psalter versification: 169:2

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Nov 8, 2019

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