To God, Almighty, Ever-Present, Always-Working, Never-Sleeping, the God who Was, and Is, and Ever will be, from First to Last, on High above angels, and Low among men, the only living and true God, who is goodness and severity, love and justice, power and lovingkindness, to him be glory and praise and honor, now and forever, amen!
God’s first word to man was a blessing. God is good! He desires to do good. He is merciful and patient. He brings freedom, deliverance, and opportunity to all. Praise his name and exalt him in the highest terms!
God has not flung the universe out to function on its own through natural law. He continues to be involved in his creation. He feeds his creatures. He cycles the water through the clouds and rivers. He sends rain and sunshine upon the earth. God is active today. And he is active in converting the sinner and sanctifying the saint. Glory to the active God!
God’s grace is generous. He gives freely. Our cup overflows. From him, in Christ, we have every spiritual blessing. His grace inspires generosity in us as well. By Jesus’ poverty we are made rich. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift and for his extraordinary grace!
The Lord is living, God is true and real,
Eternal King, who makes the whole earth feel
His anger and ire, before him nations flee
Who carve their idols in blind idolatry.
From wood and stone are gods of helpless form,
The sovereign Lord sends blessed sun and storm.
All things in heaven and earth one God has made —
Before the Creator bow and be afraid!
Read Jeremiah 10.
God is in our frustration. We think that things ought to be different. We feel disturbed at injustice, however we may perceive it, and at wrong. Our paths and methods may be skewed, but the sense of justice attests to our being creatures made in God’s image. Let us seek his justice and his righteousness, and praise him for his wisdom!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for every saint, who by God’s power is protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Praise the God of our salvation!
1 Pet 1.3-5
Glory to God for time and eternity, for rain and sun, for silence and words, for space and heaven, for body and spirit, for mind and will, for peace and war, for love and hate, for process and state, for growth and stasis, for change and sameness — for giving to each its proper place.
God gives courage to the fearful, peace to the troubled, love to the lonely. He shares and sends us to share his joyful message. He protects from harm what is essential to our being. He is a shield around his people. He answers those who cry to him. He gives sleep to those who otherwise would be anguished by the enemy. From the Lord comes deliverance. Let him be praised all day, every day!
The wisdom of God rejoiced in the habitable part of his earth and delighted in its people. He seeks to make the godly flourish, to cause peace to prevail. He blesses those who live in his presence. God is great and does amazing things. He alone is God. He is kind to his servants. Exalt him in every word and action!
Pro 8.31; Psa 72.7; Psa 86.10