Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
“Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude” (Psalm 66:13–15, NLT)
Have you ever seen the movie “The End”? Burt Reynolds starred as a man trying to commit suicide. In the final scene Burt is swimming out into the ocean with the hopes of getting out far enough so he’ll not be able to make it back to shore. As he was swimming he was rehearsing all the reasons he wanted to die. Then all of a sudden he realized he wanted to live and began swimming back to shore telling God he didn’t want to die and began making all kinds of promises. However when he saw he was going to make it back to shore he changed his tune and began blaming God for all the reasons he wanted to die in the first place. While it was suppose to be a comedy it also had a deeper message reminding me to keep my promises/vows to God and not blame him for every little thing that goes wrong.
Psalm 63 is about “payback time” for the Psalmist a time to honor and praise the Father for “bailing” him out. How many of us has God “bailed” out yet we’ve not stopped long enough to offer Him praise and thank you for His blessings? I am guilty as charged! Do you remember this story from the New Testament? “As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:11–16, NLT)
I always wonder what happened to the nine who never returned to thank Jesus for healing them. Perhaps rather than returning to Jesus they went about praising and thanking him to others they met. However, on the other hand maybe they never gave Jesus a second thought and went about their lives until the blessing they received suddenly disappeared. For me one of the most useful tools in the bible is its ability to provide me with an experience but without the actual experience. I have never neglected thanking the LORD on purpose, my neglect has always been an oversight on my part but from now on I am going to take extra care in making sure God gets the praise and thanks He so richly deserves.
Grace and PEACE,
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