The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
Psalm 19:1-2 (NLT)
Note from Kip…
When you place your faith and hope in Jesus Christ, you serve an amazing God!
I get into the office rather early so there is only a short period when I arrive at or as dawn is breaking. This morning I was reminded of just how glorious each new day is. Beauty is everywhere if we are looking for it. The Lord has placed it there for us as He has so very many things.
Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.
Lamentations 3:21-24 (HCSB)
Placed it there for us!
Then as my footsteps brought me closer to the doors of the building, I’m considering this activity that we take for granted; only temporarly reminded of the gift of mobility that we’ve been blessed with when we encounter someone who has been deprived of this gift we’ve been given.
Not far from that, I was reminded of this:
I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Psalms 139:14 (HCSB)
Yes, I do know it. But do I acknowledge this simple truth faithfully? I believe I could, and should do better.
When I consider the complexity by which we have been designed, with a uniqueness that is unmistakable; I get lost in infinite detail from which our building blocks are made physically.
Then I want to transcend from my consideration of the physical me to the spiritual me. When Jesus created us, He didn’t just make a creature and leave it at that. No, inside His Creation, He placed a living soul. A soul that is eternal by nature.
At this point, I’m lost in just how and what may have been involved in that part of us that we understands so very little about. I look up, realizing that He did this for me; for you; for His creation, because he wanted us to be crafted in His image. Like Him in so many respects.
Because, He loved us before he ever knew us.
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.“
Matthew 5:43-45 (HCSB)
Help me stay on the path of Your commands, for I take pleasure in it.
Psalms 119:35 (HCSB)
For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him.
Therefore, the “ Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory.
Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us. He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (HCSB)
For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (HCSB)
If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11 (HCSB)
Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me.
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.
Isaiah 46:9-10 (HCSB)
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith.
I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (HCSB)