One winter I had the opportunity to go to a Bible study in Yuma, AZ where we were wintering. The book we used was "Christ in the Psalms." I've alwyas liked reading the Psalms fo rI find them poetic as well as comforting and they can give me direction adn assurance of God's presence adn control. We are familiar with Psalm 23 that starts, "The Lord is My Shepherd." It is used with the majority of funerals that I've attended and reaffirms that God is always with us. In Psalm 8 we learn how God reveals his majesty by the beauty of our lands, the food and nourishmnet for his people that we get from the land and man who is crowned with glory. The first line speaks of the name of the Lord. The many names we use reveal how much we love and trust him. Names such as God Almighty, Lord, Holy One, Loving God, Father, and Eternal King. Jesus is also known as Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. What name you use is a true revelation of what he is to you. Other Bible verses advise us along the same thoughtsat Psalm 8:2, such as Matthew 18:3. We all must be humble before God adn follow his teaching. Matthew 11:25 tells us to be open to learning so we can grow in our Father. 2Corinthians 12:9-10 assures us of God's grace in empowering to us and though we are weak he will make us strong. Psalm 37 (or 149):4 tells us of his intense desire to be in fellowship of man and His continuous forgiveness. He has revealed His thinking and caring for man, us, through Jesus and the Bible. Personally I feel that God is aware of me and my needs. He has been present in my life and gotten me through the troubled times and has been there at the happy times as well. He has enabled me to have a satisfactory fufilling life. One of the things he gives us is the gift of laughter. Sometimes it is easy tocomplain about the small things that go wrong each day such as our inability to do things the way we used to or the way we'd like to. So laugh instead of finding fault. Try finding something to praise such as in Psalm 126 the Psalmist said "This was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing. The Lord hath done great things."
Prayer: Thank you God for your constant protection, your loving care, your promise for our needs, and the spiritual blessings you give us. Help us to see and be grateful for the things you are doing for us now, in Jesus' name. Amen.
*Lee Brehm was a friend of Archbold United Methodist Church and left this life to eternal glory in Jesus Christ on February 28, 2014.