I remember the deeds of the Lord, I remember your wonders of old; I muse on all your works, and ponder your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who works wonders. Psalm 77:12-15
I recently heard an interview with Matt Maher the singer and he talked about serving God when he writes music and sings. He was paraphrasing a quote from Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire: “When I run, I feel His (God’s) pleasure.”
This seems like yet another way to see God in all things: in our actions and the actions of others.
Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the Lord be praised. High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high, looking down on heaven and earth? Psalm 113:2-6
“O give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose faithful love endures forever.” Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, those redeemed from the hand of the foe, and gathered from far-off lands, from east and west, north and south. They wandered in a barren desert, finding no way to a city they could dwell in. Hungry they were and thirsty; their soul was fainting within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their need, and God rescued them from their distress, guiding them along a straight path, to reach a city they could dwell in. Let them give thanks for the love of the Lord, such wonders for the human race: God satisfies the thirsty soul, and fills the hungry with good things. Psalms 107:1-8
This is another photo from the top of Buck Hill in Theodore Roosevelt NP. As I was wondering around, I saw all of these stones stacked into cairns. Cairns usually function as markers of the direction to follow a trail. In this case, they were just the result of people having fun stacking stones.
Discernment involves recognizing signs God has placed in our life and distinquishing them from the (not so random) distractions.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds. For great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods. For the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place. Psalms 96:1-6
We saw this horse near the end of our first day of hiking at Theodore Roosevelt NP. There are a number of wild horses in the park. Actually, the correct term is feral horses. Feral horses are descended from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. (Wikipedia)
Something about that definition catches my attention – remaining in the wild to survive. As I reflect on my life, there are definitely times that I was “in the wild,” just surviving. How much better to welcome God’s care and thrive!