Psalm 93:1-5 (NIV) – “The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea — the LORD on high is mighty. Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.”
FYI — Nov. 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap year). Fifty-three days remain in the year of 2019. What will each of us do with today and the 53 days we have left?
Does the expression “Carpe Diem” burst from your inner spirit? Or is the 12th verse from Psalm 90 quickened to your mind? “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Or perhaps decide to postpone and wait for January first to make a fresh New Year’s resolution.
This year’s calendar tells us in the northern hemisphere that winter begins Dec. 21 and ends March 19, 2020.
As I was processing my evening Bible reading with the 93rd Psalm, the reality is while there is always something to be thankful for, we know often times when our spirits seem weakened by hardship, loss, or what may seem like an endless flow of discouragement.
We must keep ourselves prepped to gain the victory of faith even through the darkest seasons of life.
Here’s a novel idea; I share as an illustration titled “Remembering to thank people”:
One day in the early 1930s two pastors sat in a restaurant talking about the worldwide depression — the suffering people, rich committing suicide, the jobless. One of the pastors said, “in two or three weeks I have to preach on Thanksgiving Day. What can I say?” And it was like the Lord had spoke to his spirit answering his own question. “Why not THANK all those people who’ve been a blessing in your life, affirming them during this terrible time?” He thought of an English teacher who had instilled in him a love of literature and verse, affecting all his writing and preaching.
So he wrote her. In a matter of days he got a reply in the feeble scrawl of the aged. “My dear Willy; I can’t tell you how much your note meant to me. I am in my 80s, living alone in a small room cooking my own meals, lonely, and like the last leaf of Autumn lingering behind. You’ll be interested to know that I taught in school for more than 50 years and yours is the first note of appreciation I ever received. It came on a blue cold morning and it cheered me as nothing has done in many years.”
It is said that early Christians never met without invoking God’s blessing and never parted without a word of Thanksgiving.
Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Have you heard this? “Gather rosebuds while ye may. You never know what tomorrow will bring”
Just another way to say seize the day!
May we be blessed to be a blessing.