31 Days of Praise | Day 22 A Forgiving God

They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.

Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV)

Our God is praiseworthy because He is a forgiving God. Even though we are stiff-necked people, He fought on our behalf, winning the victory for our salvation through the atoning propitiation of His son, Jesus Christ. God forgives us, supplying us with the Holy Spirit to help us along our journey. God wants us to succeed in living a holy life that is pleasing to Him, supplying us with everything we need, including forgiveness.

In Nehemiah, we get a picture of a forgiving God who graciously guides and provides for His people in spite of their forefather’s repeated rebellion. Our God is gracious and merciful, ready to forgive. He is slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love for us. He has not, does not, and will not forsake us.

God stands ready to forgive us. Are you ready to receive His forgiveness?

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31 Days of Praise | Day 8 Our God is Merciful

Nehemiah 9:31 (NIV)

But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

In the Old Testament, we see the Israelites repeatedly disobey and rebel against God, yet, each time they repent, God is faithful in delivering them from the perils of their waywardness.

In chapter 9 of Nehemiah, we get a front row seat to one of those glorious occasions celebrating God’s compassion to His people. In His abundant mercy, God even sends the prophets to Israel to help them focus and return to Him.

Throughout His-story, the Lord goes above and beyond to provide what is needed in order to redeem His people. This is true for us as believers today. In His magnificent mercy, God went above and beyond in offering His son, Jesus Christ, as atonement for our sins. So today, we can and should praise God for His mercifulness.

31 Days of Praise Our God is Merciful

 

Psalm 104: Using Your Creative Gifts for His Glory and Praise

In Psalm 104, we discover that we are in an extension of God’s creativeness. Through our work, we partner with the Lord, using our God-given creative abilities to share the Gospel and help transform lives. As a believer, my primary passion is sharing Jesus with others. It’s a joy that I am unable to keep to myself. Christ changed my life. He changed my beloved Sweet T’s life. We’ve seen Him transform the lives of others. God is so good to us. His grace and mercy are abundant gifts that He bestows upon us. Recognizing the Lord’s goodness, the unnamed psalmist cries out “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” at the beginning and in the final verse of this psalm.

The psalmist marvels at the creativity intricately entwined in the works of God. Our human work should reflect that same commitment to using our creativity to herald the message of God’s goodness and greatness. We must praise God with our mind and our mouth. God is always at work around us. It us up to us to join Him in the work that He is doing. While this may feel scary, we must remember that there is never a safer place than being in the center of God’s will.

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In many ways, Psalm 104 is a celebration of Genesis 1. The psalmist reminds us of God’s sovereignty and we should submit to Him because He is the source and sustainer of life. As sinners, we find ourselves out of tune with the rest of creation that submits to God. As believers, through repentance and trusting in the Lord, we return to a harmonious accord with the Magnificent Maker of the Whole Universe.

By staying committed to a life of prayer and remaining rooted in God’s Word, you and I can use our creative gifts to transform lives through sharing the good news of Jesus with others. Regardless of the creative gift God has given you, imagine what would happen if you used it to glorify God and share the love of Jesus with the world? There is no better time than the present to begin using your creative gifts to work alongside the Lord for His glory and praise. Blessings.

 

Psalm 104

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
2 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
4 he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

5 He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15 and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

27 These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!