The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Forever and Ever"
"I will bless Thy name forever and ever" (Psalm 145:1).
"I will praise Thy name forever and ever" (Psalm 145:2)
"O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever" (Psalm 30:2).
I returned home this morning to find that Frances and our beagle Ellie had left for a walk. I decided to see if I could find them in the neighborhood. I did after a few minutes, and proceeded to follow them. They didn't see me, and I as walked toward them, the sight of them together graced my heart with the enormity of the blessing Frances and Ellie are to me (it's a family and beagle thing, both huge in the Davis realm).
This led me to think of the enormity of the blessings of grace in my life, which led to my joining the Psalmist in expressing my gratitude.
"Heavenly Father, I have not thanked You enough for the gifts You have bestowed upon me. Of course, I could not begin to adequately thank You for all You done for me because so many of Your gifts have come in ways I could not see or know. However, I remain woefully behind in expressing my gratitude for all I know to be the blessings of Your heart and hand. So, in this moment, and hopefully in many more to come during this lifetime, I praise, bless, and thank You with all my heart."
I then thought about the joyous truth expressed by the Psalmist in his affirmation to bless, praise, and thank God "forever and ever." He knew it has to be this way. Time does not begin to afford enough opportunity for expressing our wonder and appreciation for the Father of whom the hymn writer exulted, "Out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again." However, the truth of the matter is that eternity will not suffice either. We will praise and thank God forever because there will eternally be cause to pause, as it were, gratefully turning our hearts Heavenward toward home, or rather, to the God who is our home. "O Lord, Thou hast been our dwellingplace in all generations (Psalm 90:1).
I need a lot more moments like yesterday's crystal clear realization fostered by the scene of Frances and Ellie, reminding me of God's gracious bestowal of "every good gift and every perfect gift" (James 1:17). Doubtless, the remainder of my earthly life will offer many, and then, on to an eternity of unending expression of joyous praise, blessing and thanksgiving. No wonder the Psalmist so clearly rejoiced in the prospect, and in the present reality of the God who is so worthy of our forever and ever expression of adoration, appreciation, and acclamation. Appropriately, the Psalmist closes our consideration of a subject that will have no end...
"I will glorify Thy name forevermore."
Weekly Memory Verse
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.