Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Psalm 96:7-9 (ESV)
I need your help. In what way are you thinking that you need my help? I know that you don’t need to ask me that question. You’re right, I didn’t ask you that question because I don’t know the answer. I asked that question because I want you to talk to me about the help that you need. I’m not very good at recognizing your activity in my life. I’m not very good at recognizing your activity in the world. I’m sure that you are very active in both the world and in my life. Yes, I am. Why don’t I notice? Am I not paying close attention? Am I too busy doing something else? Am I distracted? Is my antenna not up? Am I completely dense to what is happening all around me? What do you think? I don’t know what to think. I will tell you one thing. What’s that? I would like to be able to recognize your activity in my life and in the world around me.
Your desire to recognize my activity in your life and in the world around you is a good desire. That desire you have in your heart comes from me. Your desire to recognize my activity is part of your desire to know me. It is? Yes, you have told me that you want to know my will and walk in my ways. How can you know my will and walk in my ways, if you can’t recognize my activity in the world or in your life? I can’t, that’s why I need your help. That’s right.
What do you think you will need to do if you want to be able to recognize my activity in the world and in your life? I will need to ask for your help and then I will need to pay attention. That’s right. What else? What do you mean by asking me that? Why do you want to be able to recognize my activity? I want to be able to join you in what you are doing in the world and in my life. That’s right. That’s good. What will you do after you have recognized and joined me in what I am doing? I don’t know. Will you give thanks to me? Will you praise my name? Will you be thankful for what I have shown you? Will you be grateful for my activity in the world and in your life? Yes, I will. Then keep asking for my help to see my activity. Keep your heart and mind and eyes open. Then be ready to join me in what I am doing. Give me your thanks, and praise and worship for what I have done, am doing and will do. Will you do all these things? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will be able to recognize my activity in the world and in your life.
Lord, thank for your activity in the world. Thank you for your activity in my life. Thank you for helping me to recognize your activity in the world and in my life. I give you all my thanks and praise and worship for the glory, majesty and goodness of your activity. Amen
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