“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8 (NKJ)
The rising sun casts a beautiful purplish hue over the entire mountain range each morning. It lasts about five minutes. I caught the majestic view as I turned onto one of the main streets on my way to the store. I was in awe! A flood of praise gushed from my heart and through my lips as I unreservedly thanked God out loud for the breathtaking scene before me.
“God, how did you know to move us here to Colorado Springs so many years ago, and that I would never grow tired of your handiwork?”
I laughed just as soon as the words escaped from my mouth. Of course He knew! The God who created heaven and earth, these mountains, and all things in nature is the very same God who fashioned me and gave me emotions.
We have so much to be thankful for; our family and friends, our homes, jobs, and good health. And when things go wrong in one or more of these areas in our lives, we are quick to turn to God in prayer for help. Sometimes, sadly, this is the only time we seek Him.
How about coming into His presence just to praise Him for who He is and to thank Him for all He does. Yes, I know many of you regularly thank Him for the roof over your head, for the clothes on your back, and for the food on your table. And that’s great!
But there’s so much more that we often take for granted. Think about how intricately God created the human body, for instance. The many moving parts, the chemical reactions, the various reflexes and functions, the organs, skin, and teeth. Consider a few interesting facts about your own body:
- Your liver has over 500 different functions
- You use approximately 200 muscles when taking just one step
- Your nerve impulse to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 mph
- You produce enough saliva in your lifetime to fill two swimming pools
- Your stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades
- Your sneezes clock in at about 100 mph
David was aware of the God’s wonderful works and took time to praise Him, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14
What one thing will you take time to praise God for today?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I don’t want a single day to pass without taking note of what you’ve done for me. Open my eyes and make me aware of what I might normally overlook. May I praise you at all times. Amen.