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God Blesses Us

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God Blesses Us

DEVOTION BY POSTED 3/31/2018 12:00:01 AM

God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.  Psalm 67:7 NASB

Photo courtesy of pixabay.“How are you today, Pauline?” my co-worker asked as we passed each other by the copy machine.

“Better than I deserve,” I shot back.

Some think I am weird. Others build up my self-image with phrases like, You deserve good, Pauline. You’re a good person.

But I know better. I understand God found me, Christ died for me, and I live my life in His strength. So when I read of God’s blessings in His Word, I take notice.

In Psalm 67, the writer names how God blesses us: His face shines upon us, He judges uprightly, He guides the nations, and He causes the earth to yield its produce.

If you have ever witnessed the face of a new grandmother staring at her grandchild, you can picture that as God’s face shining on you and me. He guides the nations and is sovereign over the world. Even though it doesn’t seem that way to me, I trust God’s Word and trust Him to guide the nations. And produce? I live on a farm and have tasted the best tomatoes ever. It all comes from His hand. Those are some pretty heavy blessings.

God blesses us to make His way known, so people will praise Him, and so that all the earth may fear Him.

But I wonder if I’m making God’s way known to others, or if I’m too busy with this world and more excited about football than sharing the gospel? Or if I’m living a life of grateful thanksgiving and praise or being like Miriam in the Old Testament who was inflicted with leprosy because she grumbled. I can share the gospel by being clear that we are all sinners and need a savior, or sugarcoat it.

Answering my co-workers in the way I do reminds me of my blessings and my opportunity to bless others.

Make a resolution to meditate on God’s blessings and share them with others. You just might make hanging out at the copy machine more interesting.

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Pauline Hylton

Pauline Hylton is a freelance writer whose publishing credits include USA TODAY, Chicken Soup, Today’s Christian Woman, The War Cry, and several newspapers. She writes about anything from caregiving to chickens and from farming to family. She especially enjoys writing humor. She loves the Lord, her family, and dark chocolate—not necessarily in that order.

Go Tell it on the Mountains, Christmas Meditation Day 4

When I lived in Florida, a hill consisted of six feet or greater. Our property in North Carolina is at twelve hundred feet. I walk down steep inclines to feed my chickens, and if I drive to town, the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking.

So to prepare our hearts for Christmas, I’d like us to visit the prophet Isaiah. Here are a verse to meditate on today.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” Isaiah 52:7

I always wondered where that song came from.

Let’s turn over to the New Testament.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Luke 2:8-12

The best news ever was pronounced to lowly shepherds on a lonely hillside by majestic angels.

What was the good news?

A Savior, a Redeemer came to rescue sinners like me. Like you.

You may wonder what sin is. It’s not just doing bad things like murder, adultery, and stealing. It is also not doing the good things you should do.

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

It’s not living a life of faith.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

The Good News of Jesus Christ is that there is hope for us. A life that doesn’t fade here on earth, but a life spent with Christ that goes on forever.

Now that is something to shout about.

On a mountain. Or a computer screen. Or at work. Or in your living room.

Here is a delightful choral group performing this great Christmas song. It will definitely wake you up!

 

We Are All Writers

Psalm 45:1 says, “My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

That’s the Psalm I read yesterday.

I hadn’t written in weeks. I felt guilty. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a lot to say. Several times over the last few weeks I’ve thought something I experienced or observed would be helpful or hilarious. But with farming and moving into a new house, I’ve maintained a certain degree of exhaustion.

So yesterday, when I read the Psalm I asked the Lord to help my tongue be a ready writer for my King.

I’ve been attending an acidic food class in Asheville. Each day we meet and listen to about 6 hours of lecture on food safety. And did I mention we are tested after each chapter?

After the morning quiz, the professor instructed us to load into vans since he had a lunch mix-up with the hotel. We were eating at Cracker Barrel, and he was buying.

We arrived and waited. I stood next to a woman from the class. Turns out we were seated together. Just the two of us at a table for four.

We talked about our families. I mentioned my King. She shared the same Master. Turns out, she has a difficult marriage. I encouraged her from God’s Word to hang in there and depend on the Lord. After we finished, we rode in her car back to the hotel.

We listened to the Christmas Cantata she’s practicing. Then we sang.

Since the hotel was just minutes away from the restaurant, we finished one song and stayed in the car to sing another.

“O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

It felt good to sing about our King. Especially with another citizen of heaven.

I prayed with her.

She cried.

We went back to class.

After class, she caught me in the hallway.

“Thank you so much for praying with me. It meant a lot.”

You never know when you’ll have the privilege of sharing the Gospel of Christ. Or encouraging a brother or sister.

Like the Psalmist, make sure your tongue is the pen–and be a ready writer.