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June 30th

 "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!  He covers the heavens with clouds; He prepares rain for the earth; He makes grass grow in the hills.  He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.  His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love."  Psalm 147: 7-11

This is a great encouragement to know that the Lord that provides everything this earth needs, is worthy of our thanksgiving.  We need to remember:  "That every good and perfect gift that comes down from the Father above."  David was a worshipper and God is still looking for worshippers who worship in Spirit and in Truth."

Pause in the midst of all the chaos that we are going through today and begin to realize that everything we need comes from our Heavenly Father.  Just look at how the Lord takes care of us because He takes care of this world. 

David shows us how the Lord takes care of us by taking care of this world.  He sends the clouds that gives us rain.  The rain comes and waters the earth, and the crops grow because of the rain that God provided for us.  The crops, wheat, grass grows and the beasts are able to eat.  The Lord takes care of the birds of the air, and the Lord will take care of us every single day.

The Lord takes care of us, but we must also work to see His blessings and miracles in our lives.  It is not our strength that God provides for us, but when we walk and work, do our part then God will provide for us.  I was a reading a book yesterday and the author said:  "We need to pray for God to give us a job, but we also need to go and fill out applications, and knock on doors, if we want to find a job.

God does His part, and we do our part and the Lord will provide!  What does the Lord find pleasure in? 

THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN THOSE WHO FEAR HIM!  - Fear means a holy respect for the Lord and His Presence, and His Power in our lives.  Do we fear God and want His will in our lives?

THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN THOSE WHO HOPE IN HIS STEADFAST LOVE!  Hope is a wonderful medicine for our souls. When we lose hope, we give up!  The Lord wants us to HOPE in Him.  We read in God's Word, "They that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Today, Lord, I pause to give You Thanks that you have given us everything we need in this life and for all eternity!  You are my good, good Father!

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