Seeing God With the Look of Gratitude

Psalm 100

How we “see” something determines if what we perceive is good or bad.  If we behold it only as danger, we “see” something that is bad, something whose objective is to do us harm.  On the other hand, if we “see” only good, we “see” no harm at all under any circumstance—even if we are abusive.

Even in the best of physical situations, there is the potential harm.  Abuse causes that which is the best to become harmful.  God is abundant kindness—harmful only if abused.  God is kindness beyond imagination IF people do not abuse Him.  People’s problem: We tend to take note of God when He responds to human abusiveness.  Rightfully seen as blessing, God is unimaginable good.

Psalm 100’s objective: Change the way Israel saw God.  Instead of being the root of their problems, He was the source of their blessings.  Note the use of the words joy, gladness, thanksgiving, praise, good, unfailing love, and faithfulness.

This is not a “hush, hush” situation.  Acknowledgement of the Lord began with a shout.  They were to be unashamed of God’s blessings, their connection with God, or their dependence on God.

Their acknowledgement of God’s provisions could not be restrained!  His love was unending.  His dependability was rock-solid.  Recognition of all He did for ancient Israel overflowed in loud appreciation!

In the divine-human relationship, focus is essential.  God has it!  The question: Do we?  For ancient Israel, the entire exodus (from Egypt to Canaan) declared God’s determined commitment.  For the ancient Christian, Jesus’ cross and resurrection declared God’s determined commitment.

What declares yours?

December 9, 2014  *  Fort Smith, AR

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