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Title: "Enjoying Creation"

Pastor Jordan Spangler

Text: Pslam 103


MERGE is currently in the midst of a study through the book of Ecclesiastes, and as we discussed chapter nine this past Sunday our weekly challenge from the Text was to enjoy the everyday blessings of life this week, no matter how routine they might be, enjoy it in the Lord! As I was mowing the other day I was reminded of the challenge I shared with MERGE Sunday, and took time to enjoy God’s creation and blessings while mowing. A couple of things came to mind in the midst of this routine task: a thankfulness for good weather to get it finished before the storms came in, thankfulness for the reliable equipment to get the job done, the coolness of the morning, the animals that were out and I got to see, my son (who loves to watch people mow) standing at the window waving at me each time he saw me, among many other things! This routine task really became a great time with the Lord, starting from simply reminding myself to focus on the blessings that God had presented while mowing. I love Psalm 103 and the reminders that we find in this passage of Scripture of the blessings that God has given His children.

I would love to take a moment to focus on a couple of verses from Psalm 103 that jump out to me in thinking about enjoying daily what God has given to us. In v.2 we find “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” What a great reminder here that we really should be in a thanksgiving attitude all the time to God, who gives us so many blessings and benefits for being His child that they really are too numerous to count! In v. 4 we find, “Who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy” What a blessed reminder that not only did God rescue us (the child of God) from the path that sin leads to, death and separation from Him in a horrible and real place known as hell, but that He also showers us with His love and mercy daily! There is so much more we could pull from Psalm 103, and I would encourage you to take time today to read the passage for yourself and be reminded of the blessings God has showered on us! But let me close with this thought as we think of the blessings of God, He has blessed us tremendously but how often do we take time to notice on a day-to-day basis? I’d love to include you in the challenge MERGE is undertaking this week: Enjoy the everyday blessings of life this week, no matter how routine they might be, enjoy it in the Lord!

In Him,

Pastor Jordan Spangler

Romans 8:31

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