Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 98:8

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.

O-bservation:

This is a Psalm of extreme joy and delight on the part of the author. From the first verse there is an overwhelming sense that God is great and must receive all the praise and glory and honor from all of His different creations. Here the Psalmist demands that the rivers clap their hands and the mountains unite together in song unto their great Creator.

A-pplication:

Indeed, this is ancient writing that comes from another day in time. The writer knows nothing of electrical amplification of speakers and woofers and subwoofers. What he knows is nature. He knows nothing of social media or the coming computer age. But what he has heard while alone in the mountains and next to rivers reminds him that it’s time for the rivers to clap their hands again and the mountains to sing in harmony again, because he’s heard it done before. He is so overwhelmed by the greatness of his God that he asks all of us in this, the 21st century, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Today, lay the mouse aside, turn the sound off, and listen in the stillness of the moment for hands clapping and mountainous harmonies being made in praise of the greatness of our God.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

This AM it’s all turned off and I am listening! Amen

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