Daily Bible Reflection


August's Daily Bible Reflection

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1 August 2019WE ARE WHAT FILLS US.
I pray that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17,19
Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3 reminds us how in Christ we may be full. There, Paul prays that the Ephesian believers might filled with God’s love and ‘ have power’ together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” He prayed that we might be “ filled to the measure of all fullness of God” (vs 18-19)
Still today, we’re invited to experience a God whose infinite love exceeds anything we can comprehend, that we too might be drenched, saturated and utterly satisfied by His goodness, We are free to plunge with abandon, relish and delight into a relationship with the one who alone can fill our hearts and lives with love, meaning and purpose.
2 August 2019FROM RUBBISH TO TREASURE
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that all this all- surpassing power is from God and Not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We’re made of humble clay - marred by cracks and easily broken. But we are entrusted by God as home for his empowering Spirit, who enables us to carry the good news of Christ into a hurting, broken world. It is big job for ordinary, fragile people.
“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us” 2 Corinthians 4:7 the Apostle Paul told his congregation in the ancient city of Corinth. They were to cross section of people from across this region, so many might have been tempted to “go around preaching about themselves” Paul said (vs 5)
Instead Paul, Paul said, tell others about the priceless One living inside of us. It’s Him and His all surpassing power that turns our ordinary lives into a priceless treasury.
3 August 2019FOR LOVE OR MONEY

Watch out, be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions
Luke 12:15

Money is temporary; It comes, and it goes. So, life must be about more than money and what it can buy. Jesus challenged the people of His generation, rich and poor alike, to a recalibrated value system. In Luke 12:15, Jesus said “watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in abidance of possessions” in our culture, where there’s an abiding on more and newer and better, there’s something to be said both for contentment and for perspective about how we view money and possessions.

Upon meeting Jesus, a young rich ruler went away sad because he had many possessions and he didn’t want to give up. (Luke 18:18-25); but Zacchaeus the tax collector gave away much of what he’d spent his life acquiring (Luke 19:18). The difference is embracing the heart of Christ. In His grace, we can find a healthy perspective on the things we possess, so they don’t become the things that have us.
4 August 2019ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS ONE.
Let me tell you what a God had done for me.
Psalm 66:16
Sharing with others our personal experiences of God’s goodness to us also makes an impact. God invites us to declare our gratitude and joy not only to Him, but also to those around us. (Psalm 66:1)
The psalmist eagerly shared in his song the forgiveness God granted him when he turned from his sins. (Vs 18-20)
God has done amazing works in the course of history, such as parting the sea, (vs 6) He also does amazing work in each of our personal lives: giving us hope in the midst of suffering, giving us the Holy Spirit to understand his word and providing for our daily needs. When we share with others our personal experiences of God’s work in our lives, we’re giving something of much greater value than an endorsement of a particular purchase, we’re acknowledging God’s goodness and encouraging one another along the journey of life.
5 August 2019LOAVES AND FISH

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go way. You give them something to eat” Mathew 14:16

Jesus had been teaching the crowds all day, and the disciples suggested He send them into the village to buy bread. Jesus replied “You give them something to eat” Mathew 14:16. The disciples were perplexed for there were more than 5000 to feed.
You may know the rest of the story: a boy gave up his lunch, five small loaves of bread and two fish and with-it Jesus fed the crowd.
One school of thought contends that the boy’s generosity simply moved others in the crowd to share their lunches, but Mathew clearly intends us to understand that this was a miracle, and the story appears in all four gospels.
What can we learn.? Family, neighbours, friends, colleagues and others stand around us in varying degrees of need. Should we send them away to those who are more capable than we are?
Certainly, some people’s needs exceed our ability to help them, but not always. Whatever you have, a hug, a kind word, a listening ear, a brief prayer, some wisdom you gathered, give it to Jesus and see what it can He can do.
6 August 2019WILL YOU COME BACK?
Love your wife as the lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods. Hosea 3:1

Ron and Nancy’s marriage was on rocks after Nancy had love affairs with other men. After she admitted her sin to God, she shared the truth with Ron. Instead of asking for divorce, Ron chose to give Nancy a chance to win his trust back by showing that she’d changed. In a miraculous way God restored their marriage.
Ron’s actions are a picture of God’s love and forgiveness shown towards sinners like you and me. The prophet Hosea understood this well. He was commanded by God to marry an unfaithful woman as a way to show Israel their status of unfaithfulness before Him. (Hosea 1)
If that wasn’t heart-breaking enough, when Hosea’s wife left him, God told him to ask her to come back. He said, “show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress“ Hosea 3:1.
After all the obedience, God longed for a close relationship with his people. Just as Hosea loved his unfaithful wife, pursued her, and sacrificed for her, so God loved His people. His righteous anger and jealousy were motivated by His great love.
The same God longs for us today to be near Him. As we come to Him in faith, we can trust that in Him we will find complete fulfillment.
7 August 2019BACK IN THE BATTLE.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Most people live with regrets, some of them quite terrible. But the Bible shows us the way through the guilt. Let’s look at one example.
There’s no sugar coating what the King David did. It was the time “when kings go off to war” but “David remained in Jerusalem“ (2 Samuel 11:1) Away from the battle, he stole another man’s wife and tried to cover it up with murder (vs 2-5, 14-15). God stopped David’s downward plunge 12:1-13), but the king would live the rest of his life with the knowledge of his sins.
While David was rising from ashes, his general, Joab, was winning the battle David should have been leading (12:26). Joab challenged David, “Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it” vs 28. David finally got back to his God-appointed place as the leader of his nation and his army (vs 29)
When we permit our past to crush us, in effect we’re telling God His grace isn’t enough. Regardless of what we’ve done, our father extends His complete forgiveness to us. We can find, as David did, grace enough to get back in the battle.
8 August 2019A LEGACY OF FAITH

I-am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice
2 Timothy 1:5.

Billy Graham’s parents were strong believers in Christ. The solid foundation Graham’s parent laid for Billy was part of the soil God used to bring him to faith and eventually, to his calling as a bold evangelist.
The apostle Paul protégée Timothy also benefited from a strong spiritual foundation. Paul wrote, your sincere faith.... first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice.” (2 Timothy1:5). This legacy helped prepare and steer Timothy’s heart towards faith in Christ.
Now Paul urged Timothy to carry on this faith tradition (vs 5) to “fan into flame the gift of God” within him through the Holy Spirit, who “gives us power” (vs 6-7). Because of the power of the spirit, Timothy could fearlessly live for the gospel. (vs8) A Strong spiritual legacy doesn’t guarantee we’ll come to faith, but the example and mentoring of others can help prepare the way. And after we receive Jesus as saviour, in living for him and even in nurturing the faith for others.
9 August 2019INDESTRUCTIBLE LOVE.
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.
Song of Songs 8:7
Rushing water has the potential to overwhelm almost anything that stands in its path. Yet there is something that indestructible in the face of a flood or other forces that might threaten to destroy it-love
“many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away” (Song of Solomon 8. :7) Love’s persistence and intensity is oftenpresent in romantic relationships, but its only fully expressed in the love of God has for people through his son, Jesus Christ.
When things we consider to be sturdy and dependable are swept away, our disappointment can open the door to a new understanding of God’s love for us. His affection is higher and deeper and stronger and longer lasting than anything on earth. Whatever we face, we face with him besides us, holding us up, helping us along and reminding us that we’re loved.
10 August 2019THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
The whole assembly became silent as they listened to. Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done.
Act 15 :22
It was through Barnabas encouragement that the church accepted that the church accepted Saul as a fellow believer. (Act 9;27) Barnabas would also encourage the fledgling church of Antioch, helping it to become one of the most influential in the book of acts. 11:22-23). And it was through Barnabas encouragement, as well as Paul’s that the Jerusalem church embraced the gentile believers as Christians. (15:19) So in many ways, the story of the early church is really a story of encouragement.
The same should apply to our own lives. We might think encouragement is merely saying something nice to someone.
11 August 2019THOUGH
YET I will rejoice in the lord, I will be joyful in my saviour
Habakkuk 3:18
The Prophet predicted that though times were on the way (1:5-2:1); things would get worse before they got better.
The end of the prophesy finds him pondering the potential of earthly losses and the word though makes a threefold appearance: “ Though the fig tree does not bud....; though the olive crop fails....; though there is no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls” 3:17
How do we position ourselves in the face of unimaginable losses such as the loss of health or employment, the death of a loved one, or devastating natural disaster? Habakkuk’s “ode for the tough Times” call to be confident faith and trust in God, for who is the source of salvation. (vs 18), strength and stability (vs 19) for yesterday, today and forever. In the end, those who trust Him will never be disappointed.
12 August 2019CELEBRATING GOD’S CREATIVITY
we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. Romans 12:6
The apostle Paul affirms the value and purpose of the diverse gifts God has dispersed to his people. Every number of his family is equipped to glorify the lord and build others up in love (Romans 12:3-5) Paul encourages us to identify and use our gifts to edify others and point to Jesus, serving diligently and cheerfully (vs 6-8)
God has given each of us spiritual gifts, talents, skills and experiences to serve wholeheartedly beside the scenes or in the forefront. As we celebrate His creativity, He uses our uniqueness to spread the gospel and build up other believers in love.
13 August 2019JESUS IN DISGUISE.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Proverbs 19:17.
I lend a friend some money to return later but they did not keep the promise to return promptly.
I was cross but couldn’t speak out to destroy our relationship.
Time came when I was so needy and didn’t have a way out. I had nearly forgotten that someone owes me. I heard a knock on the door, and lo! this friend brought my money and a to ken of thanks on top. Surprisingly: the token was more than the money I lend: The total was equals to what I required.
This is exactly what the writer of proverbs implies. We should give our alms expecting it back from them, but to God.
“ I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came and visit me... Whatever you did fir one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Mathew 25:36,40) Whether we give a word of encouragement, or a bag of food, God calls us to lovingly attend to the needs of others. Our kindness to others is kindness to Him.
14 August 2019THE ILLUSION OF CONTROL
You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
James 4:14
James identified the phenomenon long before she named it. In James 4, he wrote “ now listen, you who say, “ Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money; why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (vs13-14). Then James provides a cure for the deletion, pointing out to one who is in absolute control: “Instead, you ought to say, if it is the lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (v 15). In these few verses, James summer is Ed both a key failing of the human condition and its antidote.
May we understand that our fate doesn’t rest in our own hands. Because God holds all things in His capable hands, we can trust His plans.
15 August 2019SAVED NOTES.

Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
Romans 15:2
A certain member of parliament on his death, this is what was found in his wallets. Not currency notes! But pieces of cut old newspapers that had the heading in praise of him. This amazed people why he had to carry them in his pocket, some thought it was to show the great grandchildren, later in life, but why had he to carry them everywhere he went?
Who do you know who needs encouragement? Everyone!Look around you. There isn’t one person in your line of vision who is a confident as they seem. We’re all one failure, snide comment or a bad hair day away from self-doubt.
What if we obeyed God’s command to “please our neighbors for their good, build them up”? Romans (15:2) what if we determine only to speak “gracious words” that are “sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”? Proverbs (16:24) What if we wrote these words down, so friends could reread and savor them?
Then we’d all have notes in our pockets (in our phones)! We’d be more like Jesus, who. “did not please himself” but lived out for others.

16 August 2019SAD STORY
The thing David had done displeased the lord
2nd Samuel 11:23
King David faced his own reckoning. Samuel tell us that one afternoon, David saw a woman bathing” (2 Samuel 11:2) And David wanted her. Though Bathsheba soldiers was the wife of one of his royal soldiers (Uriah)
David took her anyway. When Bathsheba told David she was pregnant, he panicked. And in a despicable act of treachery, David arranged for Joab to have Uriah die on the battlefield. There is no hiding David’s abuse of power against Bathsheba and Uriah. Here is the full colour, Samuel ensuring we see it. We must deal with our evil.
Also, we must hear these stories because they caution us against abuse of power in our times. This was David “Am man after God’s own heart” (act 13:22) but also a man who needed to be held accountable for his actions. May we also prayerfully hold leaders accountable for how they use or abuse power. By God’s grace, redemption is possible. If we read further, we encounter David’s profound repentance (2 Samuel 12;13)
Thankfully, hard hearts can still turn from death to life.
17 August 2019CREATED FOR RELATIONSHIPS
Lord God said, it is not good for a man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.
Genesis 2:18

Humans are created for relationships. In creation story found in Genesis, God looks at each thing He has made and sees that its “very good” (1:31) But when God considers Adam, He says, “ It is not good for a man to be alone. The human needed another human.
The Bible doesn’t just tell us about our need fir connection. It also tells us where to find relationships: among Jesus followers. Jesus at his death, told his friend John to consider Christ mother as his own. They would be family to each other even after Jesus was gone. John 19:26-27. And Paul instructed believers to treat others like parents and siblings (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
The psalmist tells us that part of God’s redemptive work in the world is to put “the lonely in families” (Psalms 68:6) and God designed the church as one of the best places to do this.
Thanks be to God, who has made us for relationship and given us His people to be our family.
18 August 2019WHATEVER THE COST.
They would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear.
John 12:42.
The film Paul the Apostle of Christ takes unflinching look at the persecution in the early days of the church. Even the movie’s minor characters reveal how dangerous it was to follow Jesus.
Identifying with Christ often came at a high cost. And in much of the world, it’s still dangerous to follow Christ. Many in the church today can relate to that kind of persecution. Some of us however , may feel 'persecuted' prematurely, outraged any time our faith is mocked or we suspect we were passed over for a promotion because of our beliefs.
Obviously, there is a colossal difference between sacrificing social status and sacrificing our lives.
Realistically, though self interest, financial stability and social acceptance have always been intense human motivators. We see this in the actions of some of Jesus’ earliest converts . The apostle John reports that , mere days before Jesus’crucifixion, although most Israelites were still rejecting Him. (John 12:37), many 'even among the leaders believed'( vs 42)
'However they would not openly acknowledge their faith... for they loved human praise more than praise from God' (vs 42-43)
Today we still face societal pressures ( and worse ) to keep our faith in Christ hidden. Whatever the cost, let’s stand together as a people who seek God’s approval more than human approval.
19 August 2019QUALIFIED IN GOD’S EYES.
Noah walked faithfully with God.
Genesis 6:9
A technology consulting firm hired me after high school though I could not write a line of computer code and had very little business knowledge. During the interview process for my entry level position, I learned that the company did not place high value on work experience, Instead personal qualities such as the ability to solve problems creatively , exercise good judgement and and work well with others were more important.
The company assumed new workers could be taught the necessary skills as long as they were the kind of people the company the company was looking for.
Noah didn’t have the right resume for the job of constructing the ark. , he wasn’t a board builder or even a capenter.
Noah was a farmer, a man comfortabo with dirt of his shirt and ploughing in his hands. Yet as God decided how to deal with evil in the world at that time. Noah stood our oiu


20 August 2019SPIRITUALITY EXHAUSTED?
An angel touched him and said, get up and eat.”
1 Kings 19:5
In 1 king 19, the prophet Elijah found himself in a situation where he was depleted in every way. We read that Queen Jezebel threatened to put him to death (vs1-2) after she discovered he had the prophets of Baal killed (16-40). Elijah was so afraid he run away and prayed that he would die. 19:3-4.
In his distress, he lay down. An angel touched him twice and told him to “get up and eat” (.vs 5,7). After the second time, Elijah was strengthened by the food God had provided, and he traveled forty days and fourth nights” until he came to a cave. There, the lord appeared to him and recommissioned him (vs 9-18) and he was refreshed and able to continue the work God had for him to do.
Sometimes we do need to be encouraged in the lord. This may come in form of a talk with another believer, a worship song or a time in prayer and God’s word. Feeling exhausted? Give your burdens to God today and be refreshed, He will carry your load.
21 August 2019NEW HOME
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and the lamb will be in the city.
Revelation 22:3
It’s unimaginable how much excitement and awe will God’s children experience when we see “new heaven and new earth” (revelation21:1) we will enter what the book of revelation calls the “holy city”, and new Jerusalem” vs 2. The apostle John describes this amazing place with powerful imagery. There will be “the river of the water if life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the lamb” (22:1) water represents life and abundance, and its source will be the eternal God Himself. John says that” no longer will there be any curse” vs3. The beautiful pure relationship God intended between himself and humans will be fully restored.
How incredible to know that God, who loves his children and purchased us with the life of his son, is preparing such an amazing new home. Where he himself will live with us and be our God.
22 August 2019TOUCHED BY GRACE.
Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.
Luke 6:27

“Love your enemies” Jesus says, “do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.” These challenging words aren’t meant to excuse evil or stop justice from being pursued. Instead they call us to imitate God (vs36) by asking a profound question: how can I help my enemy become all God want him or her to be?
With this being a guiding principle, we will live out our faith. Humanly it hurts, and it’s painful, but the reward is greater.
23 August 2019LIFE CHANGES
Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:24.
I am pursuing God and leaving our past, we follow Paul’s charge to the Ephesians to embrace a new way of life. Although our old self is “corrupted by its deceitful desires” we can daily seek to “Put on the new self” that’s created to be like God (Ephesians 4:22)
All believers embrace this continual process as we ask God through his Holy Spirit to make us more like him.
24 August 2019MORE THAN HACKS
He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever, holy and awesome is his name
Psalms 111:9

‘I hereby bring the issue ‘hacks’ because sometimes we can view scripture as a collection hacks - tips to make life easier. While it’s that the Bible has much to say about how to live a Christ honouring new life, that’s not the only purpose of the book.
What scripture provides for us is a solution for mankind’s greatest need: rescue from sin and eternal separation from God.
From the promise of salvation in Genesis 3:15 all the way to the hope of a new Heaven and earth (Revelation 21 :1-2) The Bible explains that God has an eternal plan for rescuing us from the sin and allowing us to enjoy the fellowship, with Him. In every story and every suggestion for how to live, the Bible is pointing us to Jesus, the only one who can solve our biggest problems
When we open God’s book., may we remember that we are looking fo Jesus, the rescue He offers and how to live as His children.
He’s provided the greatest solution of all.
25 August 2019SERVANTS HEART.
Anyone who wants to be first must be the last, and servant of all/
Mark9:35

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the savant of all.
In 2016, research estimated that modern moms probably work between fifty-nine to ninety-six hours per week doing child related tasks.
No wonder moms are always exhausted, being a mum means giving a lot a lot of time and energy to care for children, who need so much as they learn to navigate the world
When my days feel long and I need the reminder that caring for others is a worthy pursuit, I find greater hope when I see Jesus affirming those who serve. In the gospel of Mark, the disciples were having an argument about which one of them was greatest. Jesus quietly sat down and reminded them “anyone who want “to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (9:35) Then he took a child in His arms to illustrate the importance of serving others especially the most helpless among us
Christ’s response resets the bar for what greatness looks like in his kingdom. His Standard is a heart willing to care for others. And Jesus has promised that God’s empowering presence will be with those who choose to serve. (Vs 37)
As you have opportunities to serve in your family or community, be encouraged that Jesus greatly value the time and effort you give in service to others.
26 August 2019YOU HAVE T O RELAX

Return to your rest, my soul, for the lord has been good to you.
Psalm 116:7
When we face life threatening issues, when we are terrified, encouragement to relax can bore ridiculous. I know when I feel life’s terrors pulling up around me and when painful “cords of death” tighten my stomach into knots, my every instinct is to fight back, not to relax.
And yet... more often than not my panicked attempts to fight back only tighten anxieties’ vice-grip, leaving me crippled by fear. But when albeit reluctantly, allow me to. Feel my pain and lift it up to God (vs 4) something surprising happens. The knot inside me relaxes a bit (vs 7) and peace I can’t understand crushes through me.
And as the spirit’s comforting presence surrounds me, I understand a-bit more the truth at the heart of the gospel: we fight best when we surrender into the powerful arms of God.
27 August 2019SURPRISED BY WISDOM

Oh, the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of God.
Romans 11:33.
,The Bible teaches that “ foolishness of God is wiser than the cleverest human wisdom (1 Corinthian 1:25) For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness” of the message of a suffering saviour to rescue “ those who believe”. (vs 21)
God always has ways of surprising us. Instead of the triumphant king of the world would expect, the son of God came as a suffering servant and died a humbling death by crucifixion before he was raised in unsurpassed glory.
God’s wisdom, humility is valued over pride and love shows it’s worth in undeserved mercy and kindness. Through the cross, our unconquerable Messiah became the ultimate victim, in order to “save completely” (Hebrews 7:25) all who place their faith in Him
28 August 2019ANOTHER CHANCE
Once again you will have compassion on us, you will trample our feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean
Micah 7:19
Second chances can transform a person’s life, especially when the second chance comes from God. The prophet Micah extolled such grace during a time the Nation of Israel grovelled in bribery, fraud and other despicable sins. As Micah lamented, “The godly people have all disappeared; not one honest person is left on earth” Micah 7:2.
God would rightly punish evil, Micah knew, but being loving He would give those who repented another chance. Humbled by such love, Micah asked” where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking sins of his special people.

We too can rejoice that God doesn’t abandon us because of our sins if we ask for forgiveness. God’s love gives second chances to all who seek him.
29 August 2019
A REASON TO SING
He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalms 121:4
I once saw a picture of a dozing dad holding the little baby on the lap. And there below was the write up:” who is watching over the other”
The truth of the matter was evident by what the photo showed.

Psalm 121 is reassuring song about Him as guardian and protector of his children. The psalmist declares that God who watches over us “will not slumber” and for emphasis he repeats that truth in verse 4: He will neither slumber nor sleep”
Can you even imagine? God never falls asleep at his post. He is always keeping watch over us, the sons and daughters and aunts and uncles and mothers and even fathers. It’s not so much that He has to do this, but rather that, out of His great love, He chooses to. That promise is definitely something to sing about.
30 August 2019LIVE: PRAY: LOVE

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with Good,
Romans 12:21


USE YOUR VOICE
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit distributes them
1 Corinthian 12:1
One musician happened to entertain in a foreign country, and people were surprised how he played his instrument even on strange language. He responded by saying that the music key knows no language.

God equips us to develop our natural talents and our spiritual gifts for others (1 Corinthians 12:27. Through prayerful reading of the Bible and the wise advice of others, we can better understand the spiritual gifts that are uniquely ours. The apostle Paul reminds us that whatever our spiritual gifts, we are to take time to find them out and use them! knowing that the spirit distributes the gifts “just as he determines” vs 11
Let’s use the voices “The Holy Spirit has given us to honor God and starve other believes in Jesus.
31 August 2019GREAT THINGS!

What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31:
When Israel returned to her homeland in 538 BC, after being exiled for almost seventy years, it was momentous.
Psalm 126 begins with an over the shoulder look at that Joy-filled time in the history of Israel. The experience was marked by laughter, joyful singing and international recognition that God had done great thing for his people (vs2) (. And what was the response of the recipients of his rescuing mercy? Great things from God prompted great gladness, Furthermore, His works in the past became the basis of fresh prayers for the present and bright hope for the future (vs 4-6)
You and I need not look far in our own experience for examples of great things from God, especially if we believe in God through His son Jesus. Nineteenth century hymn writer Funny Crosby captured this sentiment:
“Great things He has thought us, Great things He has done, and greater our rejoicing through Jesus the son” Yes, to God be the glory, great thing he has done.