PSALM 100:1 "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
The one-hundredth Psalm tells us to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
It also tell us to "enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise."
I'm afraid the noises we make are not always so joyful! And many times when we
enter into his gates it is anything but with thanksgiving and praise!
There are many different kinds of noises we make, even in just the course of just
one day. If your child is crying, can you usually tell if he is mad, frustrated, not
getting his way, hurt or just wanting attention? Just as parents can tell what their
children are experiencing by the sounds they are making, God knows what is going on in His
children's lives by the types of noises we make.
There is the noise of complaining and grumbling: "Lord, why did this have to happen
today, of all times. You know how swamped I am today!" Or, "God, can't you give me just
one good day? Just one good day is all I ask, why does everything always have to happen
Then there is the noise of sighing: "I've had such a rough day today;
I just don't feel like praying tonight, just too tired and sleepy."
And let's don't forget
no noise at all! This would be when we just plain forget about God all day and fall
into bed at night with no thoughts of a loving God who has kept us and our families safe all
I received this poem the other day and I have no idea who
wrote it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I, too, am guilty of
taking God's love and protection for granted.
THE LORD'S TEST
I woke up this morning and knew that today,
The sun would not be shining and the clouds would be gray.
As I stepped outside, rain fell upon my head.
My car wouldn't start so I walked to school instead.
I forgot all of my assignments I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust and asked the Lord for one request.
"Lord, why is it that things won't go my way?"
He gently replied, "Dear child it is
because you didn't thank me yesterday.
I woke you up and enabled you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter, protected your family, and even let you make a new friend.
I blessed you far greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy to thank me once more.
You didn't feel sick because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket because I maintained your wealth.
You had shoes on you feet and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat, and what did you do?
You ignored me and went about your tasks.
But when you wanted something you didn't hesitate to ask.
I was there when you needed me and that was not long ago.
But when things started going your way, The Lord you did not know.
I have answered every prayer, provided all your necessities
And if you'll look around, I've given you many luxuries.
And when it was time to get on your knees and show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a fulfilling day, you weren't in the mood.
So I decided to give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel to stop being so blessed."
I began to realize what the Lord was saying.
And when I got home, I fell to my knees and started praying.
He said, "My child, you have learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember ... and don't forget this day as long as you shall live.
I love filling your life with joy, and your pain - I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you would show, how much - you appreciate it."
LUKE 19:36 "And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37 And when he was come
nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples
began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory
in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master,
rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should
hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."
As Jesus rode through Jerusalem on the colt, the people began to cast their garments in the
path and praise God with a loud voice. Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Master, rebuke
thy disciples." Jesus answered them, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the
stones would immediately cry out." Do you want stones to steal your blessing from God?
Or do you want to have a bad day as the young person in the poem above?
You may be thinking, "I already have bad days, even when I give Him thanks."
But in truth, you have no idea just how bad your day could actually be if He wasn't in
control of it! All God is asking us to do is to thank Him for the good things in life.
Is that too much to ask from us in return for all He has done?
I hope you all have a great week as you turn your mind toward a loving God who
provides all your needs. And don't forget to thank Him for your life and your loved ones as
you kneel down to pray tonight!
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