He prayed, unsure his words would rise
To heaven. He sowed in doubt, no eyes
To see a harvest. He read the pages
Of Scripture, clouded the God of ages.
Surprised, he saw the walking dead,
The mute speak words, the poor find bread,
Despair embrace hope, the weak become strong —
And he was glad to be proved wrong.
God is the great Giver. How often the Bible uses the verb “to give” with God as the subject! He gives generously and freely. His giving reflects his great love. He gives even more to those who have established a covenant relationship with him. He gives all spiritual blessings in Christ. Praise God for being the God who gives!
The Lord is good — a fortress, indeed,
For those in distress, for times of need;
The Lord protects the small and weak,
Who come for refuge, who knock and seek.
The Lord shows mercy — he hears the pleas
Of the poor, all human suffering sees,
He welcomes the humble, breaks the proud,
Gives hope to those whose necks are bowed.
Four times in the NET Bible the phrase “God of gods” is used, all of them in the Old Testament. One time it is used by a pagan king, but the other three are used by Moses, one of the psalmists, and an angel. The four passages are in Deuteronomy 10.17; Psalm 136.2; Daniel 2.47; and Daniel 11.36. (The NASB, ESV, and NIV also record the phrase in these four passages.) Continue reading
God is so great that we may speak of him all day, every day, without tiring. His acts are wonderful, his word is marvelous, his love has no measure. His thoughts are inexhaustible, the intricacy of his plan beyond beautiful. God deserves all the glory of man’s heart!
Many people seek God when they feel they need something: relief from problems, solutions to crises, healing for body or relationships. God wants us to seek him for himself. No need is greater than our need for him. He created us this way. Glory to God for satisfying this deepest need!
I think that no one listens—God hears
The humble man who walks in faith, and fears
The Lord. What man may do has little meaning
When God for blessed saints is intervening.
Serving God is more than life,
To please him is more than man’s esteem;
What power to walk in holy light!
All other paths are hard and steep.
The Liar’s way is best, he claims:
He smooths the bumps and opens doors,
But hides the truth, and in festive clothes
He paints the painful face of death. Continue reading
God notices every detail. He knows the numbers of hairs on our heads. He takes care of the needs of the smallest creatures. God is in both the universe and the atom. After all, he created it all. Glory to God for his attention to detail!
Shout for joy to God, our source of strength,
In our distress we called, and he reached down;
He welcomes all to refuge in his tent,
By him the lonely heart is loved and known. Continue reading