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October 29, 2008

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 68

Sound_machine Listen—he's calling in thunder, rumbling, rolling thunder. Call out "Bravo!" to God, the High God of Israel. His splendor and strength rise huge as thunderheads. Psalm 68:33-34 (MSG)

My wife and I sleep with one of those sound machines that produce a steady stream of nature sounds to help lull you into a deep slumber. Wendy has always set the sound machine on the sound of ocean waves. I don't mind that at all. Hearing the constant rolling of the ocean waves is a great sound to help ease me into my dreams. My preference, however, has always been the sound of the thunderstorm.

When I was a young believer I read Job 37 which, like today's chapter, is one of the many passages in God's Message that describes God's voice as thunder. Ever since that moment, I've not heard a peal of thunder that did not remind me of our Creator. I love a good thunderstorm, as it reminds me that God's voice is present and all around me if I will tune my heart to hear Him.

And so, with my wife at my side, I enjoy fading into La-La-Land to the sound of the ocean waves. But, when I'm taking a nap by myself, I switch the sound machine to a thunderstorm and let my heavenly Father's voice lull me to sleep.

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God makes homes for the homeless,
leads prisoners to freedom,
but leaves rebels to rot in hell.

This verse today reminds me of God's provision and judgment. He will take care of us, but expects us to follow His leading too.

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