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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 23

An Awesome God – Psalm 18

Have you told God that you love Him?
A man walked into a florist shop and said, “I need something to give to my wife for Valentines Day.” The florist, trying to be helpful, asked, “Would you like flowers, balloons, or a stuffed animal? We have a lot of choices.” He said, “Oh, I don’t know, just give me something.” She replied, “What do you think she would like?” He said, “I don’t know, just deliver something to the house that you think she will like.”
Obviously this was a man who did not know how to express love to his wife. Do you know how to express your love to God? It is easy to say words such as, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. . . . my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, . . . my buckler, . . . and my high tower” (vv. 1, 2). These are all true, but He is such an awesome God that these do not adequately describe Him. How can you really say, “God, I love you”?
Love depends upon relationships. They usually become stronger during difficult times. This is especially true of a relationship with God. David wrote, “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me” (vv. 4, 5). You may never have difficulties as bad as David did, but there will be times when you have no option other than crying out to the Lord. He is pleased when you cry out to him because it acknowledges His desire for an intimate relationship with you.
Try writing out a prayer something like the following to express your love to God. “Lord, you know my heart better than I do. Please accept my love and gratefulness to you. Thank you for the difficult times that you have allowed to come into my life, because every one of them has caused me to love you more. You have been so good to me during my lifetime. I cannot imagine what it will be like to be with you forever. I am overwhelmed by the thought of it. Father, thank you for loving me, even during those times in my life when I have not been very lovable. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”
<strong>“The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD . . . and sing praises unto thy name” (vv. 46, 49).