Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I'm sorry this is so hard to read. It won't let me double space! :P
8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
11 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
12 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13 O descendants of Israel his servant,
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14 He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15 He remembers [b] his covenant forever,
the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
18 "To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit."
19 When they were but few in number,
few indeed, and strangers in it,
20 they [c] wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another.
21 He allowed no man to oppress them;
for their sake he rebuked kings:
22 "Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm."
23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,
29 ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.
Bring an offering and come before him;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his [d] holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing,
they will sing for joy before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
that we may glory in your praise."
36 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Then all the people said "Amen" and "Praise the LORD."
1 Chronicles 16:8-36
I hope you found this scripture as encouraging as I did!! I started italicizing "important/meaningful" phrases but I soon realized that i was italicizing the ENTIRE passage!!
My thankful Thursday list could be quite long but I've narrowed it down to a few things:
1. Wonderful wisdom from Christians God has placed in my life. My parents and I are really digging into the whole college search adventure! I spent the majority of last night on the computer looking at college websites, comparing tuition, and putting it all into a spreadsheet. So this morning I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the whole thing. I went into work today and had a long conversation with one of my coworkers. I left feeling so much more confident and encouraged in this journey!! So I'm thankful for that opportunity He gave us to chat for awhile.
2. This is kind of broad but I'm just so thankful for the life that I have. I listened to this great radio broadcast from focus on the family today and was reminded of how incredibly blessed I am to have grown up in a Christian home, with two parents (both of whom are loving and dedicated to our family), and I've never been without a roof over my head, clothes, or food. It seems simple, but far too many people are without those basics.
3. Thankful for the love that God gives us. He's so patient and faithful and He is good. He is good in the trials and in the joys!! :)

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