Psalm 66:1-2 “Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of His name! Tell the world how glorious He is.”
Devotional · · · We in our humanness are not able to fully see and understand God’s glory in all of His transcendent deity. The scriptures tell of Moses’ desire to see it and God’s response in revealing a “portion” of it, that being His goodness (Exodus 33). Our glorious God has revealed a glimpse of the same to us through His creation, His Word, and His Son. Remember also that He has called us into this eternal glory in Christ...we will someday experience it fully (I Peter 5:10)!
Prayer · · · Awesome God, I long to see in fullness the glory of Your being, and will keep my eyes and hope fixed on You for the day when we will all see You as You are in perfect clarity. My ultimate hope is to know You fully and be perfectly restored in the image of Christ in order to reflect Your glory. Lord, help me develop an appetite for the beauty of Your character and open the eyes of my heart to know Your glory more. I desire to proclaim Your glorious name through the worship of my individual life, and the expression of our collective life as a church.
Ephesians 1:6-7 “So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.”
Devotional · · · This undeserved favor we receive from God is a primary reason and motivator for our worship. Grace is something that reflects and expresses His very essence as a God of love, and we are the recipients of that blessing. It is humbling to receive it (from Him and from others), and requires humility and strength to give it. He is so extravagant in His grace! It is the showcase of His glory that will be on display for all eternity (Ephesians 2:5-7).
Prayer · · · Eternal Father, I am humbled and so thankful for your lavish grace poured on me through Christ. Though I am so undeserving of it, I do understand by faith that the flow is constant and unending. All I can do is thank You and worship You and glorify You and stand in awe of You...there is no way I could ever repay You! Your grace has not only saved me, but is also an active, present, transformative, and obedience-enabling power in my life. Lord, I look to Your Spirit to help me live in that grace every day, and generously give it to others.
Isaiah 42:5 “God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth.
Devotional · · · The more we probe into and discover of the natural world, the more awe and wonder our human race experiences. What are our finite minds to think of an eternal Being outside the realm of time, bringing into existence every reality from the infinite, distant cosmos all the way down to the subatomic particle! What a gift He has given us, His children made in His very image and the pinnacle of His creative order, to be able to experience the beauty and wonder of His creative work (Colossians 1:16).
Prayer · · · Amazing God, I am so inspired by the wonderful world You have made. I acknowledge You as creator and bow in worship and wonder at what You can do. We have a glimpse into Your glorious creativity as we behold with our limited minds an infinite range expressed in colors, plant life, animal life, human life, microscopic life, landscapes, oceans, the elements, the cosmos….O God, You are awesome! Thank You for the richness and beauty that I enjoy through the creative gifts in others, and the creativity I possess to share as well; help me reflect You in all that do, say, and create.
Psalm 42:7-8 · · · “I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.”
Devotional · · · Beyond a simple attribute of our glorious God, love is the very essence of His being (I John 4:8), and the ultimate expression of His heart toward us, His creation. The greatest gift any person can ever receive, is our loving Father’s eternal demonstration of His love in the giving of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Being made in His image, our heart’s greatest need for love is ultimately met in His heart’s greatest expression. Nothing can ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
Prayer · · · Heavenly Father, I receive by faith deep into my heart and soul, Your wonderful and unconditional love. I cannot begin to grasp the depth and extravagance of Your love and grace given to me and all humankind. It’s humbling and difficult to receive, for I know all too well how broken and unworthy I am. Thank you, Father, for the peace and security I have in You and the beautiful work of healing and transformation that Your love and presence is bringing to my heart. Help me to rest in Your forever love, and be an ever growing conduit of it to others.
Psalm 98:1 Sing a new song to the Lord, for He has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; His holy arm has shown his saving power!
Devotional · · · God possesses all power that defies any human comprehension, and His omnipotence transcends the known universe. An attempt to grasp even one manifestation of His power, like the creation and sustaining of the universe, leads certainly to wonder and awe. We as believers are personally most impacted and benefitted by the exertion of His power in the resurrection of Christ, our new life in Him, and the transformation into His image (Eph. 1:18-20).
Prayer · · · Almighty God, Your awesome power displayed in the cosmos and the created world I see, humbles me and also helps me believe that You can do anything. I acknowledge Your sovereign strength, and ask for Your power to prevail over the evil working against my life, my family, my church, and the world. Thank You for the power you’ve shown in raising me to knew life in Christ, and I ask for the strength to face my trials and temptations, and to walk in step with the Spirit as I follow Jesus. Father, help me to live today in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 96:9 “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.”
Devotional · · · God is utterly unique, glorious, mysterious, wonderful and beyond our imagination. A hint of His splendor is revealed to us through His creation, and a dim vision of His white-hot purity in righteous holiness can be glimpsed through His image revealed in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:3).
Prayer · · · O God, holy Creator of the universe, though I can’t see You or have any real capacity to understand You, I acknowledge Your utter holiness and humbly bow in reverence to You. My heart is in wonder and awe of You at the beauty, glory and purity of Your being. There is none like You. Glorious Father, open my spiritual eyes and mind to see and know You more, and help me grasp the chasm between my sinfulness and Your holiness...my humanness and Your deity.
We are made to worship, hard-wired by our Creator to be in awe of Him and express the reverence, respect and worth He is due. To help us all grow in this area, we invite you to participate in a 3-week journey of worship through daily scripture meditation and prayer.
Take a moment every day for the next 21 days to slow your pace, focus your mind on God's Word and set your heart on worshiping the Lord. Breathe in revelation of who God is and remember what He's done for you. Hold on to the life-giving truth of the gospel and allow the realigning work of the Spirit to transform you toward Christlikeness as you pray each day to the Father. And then, breathe out a response of rejoicing with a life of worship marked by praise, thanksgiving, obedience and love.
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