Heavens Proclaim God’s Glory

Psalms 19:1   (NLT)   The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

Psalm 19.1 - Heavens Proclaim God's GloryWe are inundated by testimonies of God’s reality, existence, love, power, and wisdom. We look up to the heavens and we see greatness there. We look up to the sky and we see precision, order, beauty, skillful work of art. Not everyone comes to the same conclusion, but I can’t help but see glory and majesty behind them all.

Creation is a silent yet very visible evangelist pointing us to God. We have to just be more observant and more conscientious of the beauty and the marvels surrounding us. If God could create such awesome wonders, and sustain them throughout all ages, how can He not take good care of us? He is more willing and able to care for us than we think.

Dear God and heavenly Father, God of creation, thank You for leaving us more than sufficient proofs and demonstrations of You. I pray that we’ll be more aware of Your constant presence, of Your immense and tremendous power, of your unfailing love, your inscrutable wisdom, and the universe-size billboard flashing those truths continuously—in Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

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Worship the Creator

Acts 7:50   (NLT)   Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’

The fact that the one true living God was the One Who created both the heavens and the earth is enough reason for us to not worship any other god or being but Him.

Acts 7.50 - Worship the CreatorOf course, others question the validity of this truth. They don’t believe God created creation. They somehow have a hard time accepting this. But there shouldn’t be any problem believing God can create. The fact that the universe is so big is not a proof that no person or being could be responsible for its beginning; it is proof that God who created this magnificent, immeasurable universe is way more powerful and bigger than we imagine.

There is no reason for us to worship anything or anyone else other than the One really worthy of worship. That’s no other than the one true living God. Any other entities pulling us to give them a greater place or a higher priority in our hearts and lives than God himself ought to be resisted with all wisdom and might. They’re trying to deceive us and cause us to place our attention on something so little—to settle with something infinitely smaller. God longingly wants us to set our minds and hearts on Him, to have our lives dedicated to the best of the best: the best cause, the best reason for existence, the best Being Who exists. He wants us to live the best way we can: from the best source, through the best means/sustainer, for the best purpose. Oh, that gives us so much worth and significance.

We thank you Father for being real. We thank you for leaving us with more than sufficient convincing proofs of your existence and greatness. You’re an indescribably powerful and wise God. And you choose to care for us so much, to love us with a consistent, continuous, persevering, and endless love that we won’t find from anyone else. We thank you for giving us a very gracious invitation and welcome to You and into your very presence—the presence of our great and Almighty, All-wise Creator.

Unfathomable Creation

Job 38:33   (KJV)   33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Not even the most intellectual individual or group can fully know the governing ordinances or laws of the universe. How much more when it comes to understanding Job 38.33 - Unfathomable Creationhow this unfathomable universe can somehow affect the earth in such an effective and beautiful way.

We humbly recognize and accept our limitations and we gratefully acknowledge the greatness of our God. We may not fully understand His ways, but creation alone—especially the incomprehensible vastness of the universe convinces us of the majesty of our creator. We have questions. The answers are always available. We won’t grasp all of them. The volume of truth available is way more than our ability to contain it.

Dear God, there are things in life we won’t completely understand. Help us Lord to come to grips with this reality in faith-filled abandonment. We won’t completely grasp the ins and outs of every situation, but we can completely trust You. You’re definitely way much bigger than any situation, problem, question, or need we have or will encounter. You’re our God Who’s more than enough. Because of the limitations of our comprehension, we may not have all the answers, but at least we understand why we can honestly declare with David: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” With the little we know about You and Your creation, we see the wisdom of surrendering ourselves to You, and also the reason why we Your people can honestly, humbly, and gratefully declare: “Not to us, oh Lord, but to Your Name be glory.”

Observing God

Psalm 107:43   (KJV)   43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

People who are wise intentionally observe God’s nature, character, and works. And we don’t do it just for knowledge. We carve them deep in our hearts and our memory. When we do, the more and the clearer we see.

Psalm 107.43 - Observing GodWe are surrounded by wonders and beauty. Life is beautiful; this, considering even the fact that many suffer much. Others miss out on so many blessings just because either they see only bad things, or they’re just passive about everything. Let’s engage our minds and hearts, our eyes and the rest of our senses. We’ll see that our blessings are way much more than our trials and troubles.

God has given everything for our enjoyment. We have an almighty and ever-loving heavenly Father. Let’s appreciate Him. He fills our lives with good things. He redeems us, sustains us, and preserves us.  Let us as His redeemed tell others about it. He satisfies our hunger and thirst. He frees us from prison bars of misery and delivers us from all other bondage. He heals us and saves us in times of trouble. He gives us strength in times of weariness; He’s our shelter in times of storm; He’s our mighty fortress, our impenetrable shield, the immovable rock. We sleep at night and wake up in the morning because the Lord sustains us, giving us new strength to carry out all our day’s tasks…………………………..

God is good; God is great—and more. This we understand.

All Jesus’ Works

John 21:25   (KJV)   25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

We are filled with hope; we live by faith; we know we have our Lord’s continuous companionship. He never ever leaves us, forsakes us, or abandons us; He never walks away from us. He’s very much “hands-on” involved in our lives. There are those who believe in john-21-25-all-jesus-worksGod’s existence, in God’s past works, but not in present divine involvements and intervention. They face life’s challenges believing that they’re struggling through them alone.

I pray that the eyes of their hearts and their spirits may open to the truth that our Lord Jesus loves us. He is an ever-present lover. Love’s expressions are loving actions. Our Lord has acted so much because of love; He’s still doing much, and will do so ‘til forever. How much? People ask. Well, to start with, He created everything; He put the stars in place; He keeps the planets in their course; He stretches out the heavens.

He gave us the power to pro-create; He broke-open mighty waters; He subdued kingdoms; He’s the “glue” that keeps everything together so that we don’t disintegrate; He opens blind eyes, makes the lame walk, the mute speak, the deaf hear, the demon-possessed delivered, the captives free. While we were still sinners, He offered His body to “cat-o-nine-tails”-whippings and  beatings from super-strong Roman soldiers, and finally to three nails and a cross. And there’s so much more. You may say, “You didn’t mention this and that, and this and that…” That’s so true. All the libraries in the world—in fact, the whole world can’t contain all the books that would be written about Him. That’s our Jesus.

Our Heavenly Father’s Promise

Luke 11:9   (KJV)   9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

God delightfully desires to give us good gifts. That’s natural for earthly fathers; much more so with our most loving heavenly Dad. Some may ask: “He’s God; we’re not. Can we really be His children?” Yes, we can be and yes we are. Either we’re His children through luke-11-9-our-heavenly-fathers-promisecreation, or we’re His children both through creation and spiritual birth; the former covers our temporal life; the latter covers both that and our eternal life as well. Any which way, we’re all God’s children, although I highly prefer the latter—where our “childrenhood” secures our eternal togetherness with our Father.

My heart goes out to those who don’t relate to the wonder of God’s “Fatherhood” because of their painful experiences with their earthly Dads. I pray for your total healing, comfort, restoration and deliverance. I pray that the reality and presence of the perfect and Holy Dad brings you joy in your hearts and smiles on your lips. He cares for you; He loves all of us. He never uses, misuses, or abuses His children. He very much wants to give us everything we need. The power and authority of His Kingdom backs us up. He’s our perfect, inerrant “GPS” or map continually giving us direction so we’re not lost.

He makes sure we have steak or fish, potato or rice, water or soda, etc.—everyday of our existence. He gives charge to His invisible heavenly armies—His angels—to keep us safe. We have the Holy Spirit empowering us against the lures of the “mighty” dollars, sexual stimulants—whether from the computer screen or phones, printed materials, or real people; keeping our egos in check so that we don’t find ourselves falling so fast so low flat on our faces. He cleans and/or changes our hearts so we can live free from any ungodly desire—even those of getting even or revenge. Whatever we’re facing, our Dad’s making Himself available to us. He never gets tired of us coming to Him, in fact, the opposite is true: it’s a joy for Him. So we keep asking, seeking, knocking. We’re sure of this: our Dad’s always readily and longingly waiting.

Praising God

Psalm 150:2   (KJV)   2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

There are more reasons to praise God than we can enumerate and describe. He is praised in the heavens; He is praised here on earth. God is incomparably great, no other being—real or imagined is greater than Him. The greatest of man’s wisdom borders only on His psalm-150-2-praising-god-2“foolishness.” He’s the creator of this vast universe, the extents of which we don’t even have the capability of illustrating. Who and what can compare with the Incomparable?

Here’s a touching song I remember: “How big is God, how big and wide His vast domain. To try to tell—these lips can only start. He’s big enough to rule this mighty universe, yet small enough to live within my heart.” That’s one of the wonders of our God and heavenly Father. He’s so great, yet He’s so near, transcendent yet immanent. We feel for those who don’t see His grandness, beauty, and love; they’re missing out on the greatest and best.

Others argue about His existence; others doubt His power; others question His love. We believe—reasonably, deeply, and steadfastly. His greatness is obviously displayed and seen all around us. The enormity, the order, the design, the complexity, the intelligence, the beauty—it’s wisdom to recognize: none of these came together accidentally. The universe isn’t; we aren’t. Everything, including us, is carefully and wonderfully designed, with wonderful purposes. It’s necessary to note: joyful and exuberant expressions of praises aren’t confined in a denominational box. Our God is praised in the mighty heavens, He’s praised here on earth; we take part in the joy and pleasure of offering our utmost praises to His Highest. For all He is and all He’s done, we find it only fitting and a delight to praise Him—with all we are, all we’ve got, anywhere we are, all ways we can, and all means we have.