[After today, “Up!” is going on pause while I am on study leave for a week. It will return on June 3.]
Have you ever done something really nice for someone but they didn’t even acknowledge you? Maybe you can hear yourself saying something like this: “They didn’t even acknowledge what I did!”
There’s something important about acknowledging someone, isn’t there? It shows your gratitude and appreciation for their thoughtfulness and effort.
So how do you acknowledge God in your life?
Did you know that he wants you to?
Consider Psalm 91:14: “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Or what about Jesus’ words to his disciples in Matthew 10:32-33? “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”
Acknowledging what God does in your life is acknowledging who God is in your life.
And then there’s Proverbs 3:6 (ESV): “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
-Do you ever say thank you?
-Do you ever give him the credit for all the great things he’s done—either in your own thoughts or in your conversations with others?
-What about online?
-Do you ever let his beauty and wisdom radiate through your words and actions?
Acknowledging what God does with your words is one way of confirming who God is in your heart.
By Matthew Ruttan
–The “Up!” devotional is now on pause for a week while I’m in some dedicated study time. It returns on June 3. For back issues visit www.TheUpDevo.com.
—Click here to see a short, uplifting video I made of verses from Psalm 139.
–My most recent sermon is on Psalm 91 and is called “In the Shelter of the Most High.” Click here to watch on YouTube.
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