December 18, 2011
Today's Photograph . . . . Night Stalkers (NPS)
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear the LORD, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (NIV)
Outdoor people observe the goodness, majesty, and providential care of God. We see that God provides shelter and food for the wild animals. We witness His power in a storm. His power and majesty are displayed in the sky. The natural world is a revelation of our God!
These verses invite us to personally experience the sufficiency of God and teach us to depend upon Him. He is all we need! He alone can protect us. God alone can satisfy the void created by the disappointments of life. We must reverence Him with fearful respect and submit to His will and ways.
A saint is one who has been declared righteous by the Judge of the earth. This happens when we believe in His Son, Jesus, personally and commit our souls to Him for eternal safe keeping.
English Bible translations spell the Old Testament names of God differently so that we can understand the significance of each name. "LORD" in capital letters is the Hebrew name of God. Jehovah LORD is God's personal name, His Covenant name. He is the personal, Covenant keeping God. This name summarizes His entire character. His saints are secure because the LORD is their protector. This name implies a personal relationship.
As the wild animals find refuge, run to Him to find all you need.
Involve yourself with God. Experience His goodness as you enjoy the outdoors. He alone can truly satisfy the longings of your inner being. God provides for the animals, but they cannot know Him personally as humans can. Involve Him in everything you do.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Carry along some basic snacks and trail food for energy. This can be a life saver if you are stranded, injured, or lost. You may be able to share these with another who needs help. Such food is enjoyable, and they make the hunt more attractive for young hunters!