"Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable." (Psalm 145:2-3)

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Can we exhaust the beauty of God? Can we wrap our minds around all He does for us? Do we even try? It's a shame if we don't. Because there are layers He will reveal if you want to know. Things that slip by unnoticed by the casual observer. His greatness is unsearchable. I don't know how else to say it.

"O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out." (Romans 11:33)

That's good. But it's just English. In no way do I seek to downplay or disdain the writings of Paul coming to us from the Greek and making their way into English. Of course, it started in Hebrew with ideas like the one from the Psalms up top. But it isn't enough just to take the ideas and reword them or retranslate them into something for now. You have to know it for yourself. Jesus speaks of the end result of a lifetime of service to the Lord:

"So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." (Luke 17:10)

Of course He starts the parable by comparing the Lord's servants (i.e. you and me) to your garden-variety hired hand. We are commanded. Commanded to do certain things, all of which flow into maintaining our heart's state as pliable and sweet before Him. Things like gratitude and petition and repentance. These things may have their natural outworkings such as tithing or apologizing or the like. But they necessarily begin in the heart and flow from there. And believe it or not, they are things we receive rewards for the more we do. This is what makes the Christian walk so much fun. Yes, you have your share of hard times and hard knocks. But choosing to remain grateful and praising both shorten the times of trial and suffering and also ensure that we will reap more once the time for harvest comes around again. In doing these things, you will glimpse the true nature of God. More giving and kind and generous than you could ever imagine.


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