Looking for God in All the Right Places

Written by  Lory Demshar -- Chelmsford, MA, USA Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

lory demsharIn my quest to worship and praise God, I came across some scriptures that revealed another way we can praise him. This involves remembering and proclaiming the deeds of God. The scriptures below reveal the connection between praising God and remembering and proclaiming his great deeds:

"All of your works will thank you, Lord,and your faithful followers will praise you. They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power. They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign." -- Psalm 145:10-12 (NLT)

"Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; declare among the peoples His deeds." -- Psalm 9:11 (NASB)

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples." -- Psalm 105:1 (NASB)

As a result of these and other passages, I began looking for God's deeds in the Bible and in my life so that I could praise him.

Recall God's Deeds of Old

Many of the mighty deeds of God have been recorded and preserved in the word of God, the Bible. When we take time to recall the many great acts of God, we begin to know him more and to trust him more deeply. When I meditate on God's great deeds, I cannot help but marvel and praise him.

Some of my favorite deeds of God to recall are how:

  • He created all things with his powerful word (Genesis 1)

  • He opened a path in the Red Sea for Israel to walk through on dry ground (Exodus 14:22)

  • He shut the mouths of lions and delivering Daniel (Daniel 6:22)

  • Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

  • Jesus fed 5,000 from five loaves and two fish (Matthew 14:13-21)

  • Jesus healed a servant from a distance (Matthew 8:5-13)

  • Jesus resurrected from the dead seated at the right hand of God (Phillipians 2:5-11)

As I meditate on these mighty deeds of God, I try to picture them in my mind. I see God is magnified before me. I am immediately struck with awe for God, for his power and his love to work on behalf of man. Reflecting on these acts causes me to praise God, and encourages me to trust in him because the God who has done these mighty deeds is the same God with whom I have a relationship.

Recalling God's Deeds in My Life

As a result of this, I became vigilant, looking for God working in my life, both past and present. As I reviewed my life I saw God's mighty deeds in my life. Some of these deeds were obvious displays of God's working, while others involved an unfolding of his working in my life and character over time. Some of the mighty deeds of God in my life have to do with God restoring my husband, Dan, to health.

A little after our first year of marriage, my husband, Dan, age 28, was having a hard time breathing. Dan went to a doctor, had the usual examination, x-rays and so on and was diagnosed with asthma. Despite treatments, the condition persisted and worsened. We prayed for God to help us and lead us to a doctor who could help.

We looked up asthma specialists in the phone book! We selected one, went to him and received the diagnosis of a malignant tumor inside the trachea. The cancer was a lymphoma which had also affected other areas of Dan's body.

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