Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Blessings(Listen and meditate on the message of this song before we begin), Blessings by Laura Story  http://youtu.be/4mmgV6mPvb0

This song has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it several years ago. Our son in law Kraig was discouraged because of his physical heath and this song brought comfort and continues to today.

Reflecting on events from the past, each of us can claim disappointment and sorrow, but today let’s again ask ourselves these questions.

“what if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy,

what if trials of this life, the rain the storms the hardest nights are Your .…..Mercies in Disguise”

 God’s graciousness is often revealed through the sorrows we face or a tragedy that someone we love is experiencing. As I was pondering our time together today the hymn, “Count Your blessings, name them one by one”, came to mind.

How is it possible to count your blessings in the middle of sorrow?  How is it possible to comfort other individuals during their trials?  First of all without Christ help there is no silver lining.  We can share our disappointments but more importantly we share how the presence of God and His loving-kindness brought us through. 

When there seem to be no answers we must remember that Jesus is the answer, ALWAYS. Without Jesus the answer eludes us.

REMINDER, praise Him in all circumstances: 

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.  The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.  All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You.” Psalm 145:8-10 

Could it be that we have things reversed, we come to God with the desire to receive His blessing, which we interpret sometimes as a life without pain or sorrow.  What if in His tender mercy, His blessings flow to us through the storms of life, the pain, and the sleepless nights.  What if our trials are His mercies in disguise?  What if we begin to see His blessings in everything?  And, what if we are such a body of believers that as Saints of the most High God, we praise Him ALWAYS? 

There is a challenge in this song by Laura Story.  In our preparation for the unknown, is it possible that by blessing God as the above scripture mentions, we in return are so familiar with the meaning of the word “blessing” that we recognize our very existences, good or heart wrenching, are blessings from God?  In a relationship so connected to Father God, so submitted and committed to Him, is it possible that simply by blessing His heart at all times we are preparing for the best of times and the worst of times?  Is it possible that we might discover a different definition for the word blessing? 

In your worship today, bless the heart of God.  “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.”  Psalm 147:1

“I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night season.  I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I SHALL NOT BE MOVED.”  Psalm 16:7-8 

Our blessings can be counted through our trials.  


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