Bless the Lord

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! – Psalm 103:1

I find that it is important to tell God just how amazing he is. It is important to reflect with God on everything he has done, to recognize his greatness and goodness; to just praise him. Last night I did just that in prayer. It led me to wonder why. I wondered why he did all the things he had done; why he shows us and provides us his greatness, goodness, mercy, and grace. In blessing him I was reminded just how much he loves and cares for me. I was reminded how much he loves and cares for all of us. He has such unconditional love for us.

We are his creation, and he is our Creator. Have you ever sat back and thought of all that he has created? The planets and stars. The earth, and all its inhabitants. We are his masterpiece, and he loves us. He loves the stars and gives them names (Psalms 147:4). He loves the grassy fields and dresses them with flowers (Matthew 6:28-30). He provides for the birds (Matthew 6:26a). He counts the hairs on your head (Luke 12:7a). Man, his love for us! I mean, He even sent his son for us!

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

It blows me away that a Being so big and powerful, who created those huge and numerous stars, who calls them by name, loves us. We who are so little in comparison. We are so valuable to him that he counts the hairs on our heads and created us in his image. Even the things we may take for granted or find little to us he cares about. I mean, if he did not, would he provide for the birds? Would he dress the fields with gorgeous flowers?

I think that is why I often take pictures of such things. I have personally made it a point to recognize and appreciate the things God has created, even the littlest of things. It is a lovely reminder for me that in looking at these things he cares for, we are his creation too.

He loves you. He cares for you.  So, do me a favor. Today, take some time to be with our Creator. Not to ask for anything. But to bless him. Recognize the things he has done for you, present and past. Reflect on his greatness, goodness, mercy, grace, and love. Thank him for it. Because we truly do not deserve it.

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