How We Affect God

           We think a lot about how God’s actions affect us. We concede that He created all things and we are enjoying His handiwork. We realize that we experience each new sunrise thanks to His protection over us through the night. We understand He’s given us our unique strengths, gifts, and talents to hold the jobs that provide the income we use for our earthly needs. And we acknowledge that provision of His grace and mercy through Jesus’ substitutionary death and resurrection opened the way to eternal life for us.

           In all those and many other ways God’s actions affect us; however, do we think enough about how our actions affect God? In Psalm 104, the writer reflects, “May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in His works” (verse 31, NKJ). As the writer goes on to speak of singing to the Lord and praising Him as long as he lives, he stops to express a hope. “May my meditation be sweet to Him…” Psalm 104:34 (NKJ).

           We should care, as the Psalmist did, that our praise affects God in a positive way. This statement means it’s possible for our praise to affect Him negatively too. Like trying to camouflage the putrid smell of garbage with a quick spritz of deodorizer, are our praises mingled with the stench of hypocrisy, unforgiveness, and divisiveness? Does our sorry attempt at covering the smell reach God’s nostrils and turn His stomach? Or does He rejoice in us? When He sees the work He’s done in us, does the aroma of it reach Him as a sweet bouquet?

          Let’s think today of how our words and works affect our Master and be sure they rise as a fragrance that brings Him joy.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

~ by sanewriter on September 7, 2011.

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