By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done."
Genesis 8:21-22

First there was the ark,
And then there came an altar;
First there was a God,
And then came the exalter.
And his name was Noah ...
Today's Read: Genesis 8; Psalm 145
A few facts that might stimulate this morning's brain cells:
-Noah spent between 100-120 years constructing the ark.
-Noah, his family, and host of animals lived together in that ark for more than 365 days.
-Noah fought fatigue, family squabbles, faithless behavior, and became familiar with the smell of animal feces and all the "crap" that goes with that.
-Noah understood that the waters "lifting" him were extinguishing and drowning others.
So ... in a nutshell Noah's a pretty amazing and extraordinary individual who loves God profoundly and follows Him unreservedly.
And if Noah's character posed remarkable before and on the ark ...
the blueprint of his heart could not be more clearly and openly displayed than by what he does when he emerges from the ark.
Read the above passage again and give it a moment to sink in:
Noah builds an altar.
Noah was always building something with God and God was always building something with him. So utterly beautiful is this distinct intimate relationship existing between the "two" that I beg of God to grant a portion of his spirit to my own.
The canvass of Noah's heart was colored, covered, and composed of rich vibrant expressive tones;
A "Michelangelo" soul ...
A true original.
It's my belief that Noah's altar was constructed of stone and forged of the "cleanest" raw material that God had ever placed on the earth, for the flood would have done that.
 It's also my belief that the sacrifices offered up by Noah in such a resolute, complete way were some of the most satisfying sacrifices God had ever witnessed and smelled on His cleansed earth.
God told Noah to build an ark ... He never said anything about building an altar.
Noah's heart revealed so much of God in Him after the flood.
Noah's altar would serve as a visual aid and reminder, throughout the rest of his life, of God's faithfulness to Him, provision to him, and presence forever built into him.
Mmmm ...
My soul thinks this is beautiful.
Noah's heart speaks to us and challenges us on so many different levels:
When we complete a God appointed task or when we follow the course of God's instruction in our lives, no matter how difficult, our ending ought to translate into an eruption of praise to God. Our departure from the "ark" ought to compel us to construct an "altar" and continue "building with God."
The building of an altar reveals the building of intimacy ... and our ending becomes more beautiful and provoking than our beginning.
When our chief gratification and satisfaction on earth become about loving, serving, and following God, we begin to display to a dying world a very loving and faithful God at work in our lives, and we appear very different indeed.
Work on your "altar, shut out the world, and enjoy the presence of God in your life.
With such "sacrifices" He is well pleased.
Begin with a stone of your own.
Study Suggestions:
1) Give three descriptives of Noah's character.
2) Reflect on one trait which stands out, and pray for God to forge that trait into your character through activity in "this" day.
3) Create some kind of "altar" of your own that visibly draws attention to God's faithfulness in your life and displays your thankfulness, in return, for His.
"My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy name forever and ever."
Psalm 145:21