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Truly Worthy

Morning has come, Father, and You have so graciously awoken me. You know how important our time together is and I am eager to do so no matter how much my bed may call out to me. Bless our time together, Father. Amen.

Revelation 4:6-11 (<<click the green)

Lord, there is much symbolism here. Just reading it is overwhelming and I can only imagine how the Apostle John felt. Just trying to visualize the “four living beings” in my in mind sends it reeling. But reading my study Bible* notes enables me to focus.

The entirety of Revelation points to You, Lord – who You are, what You have done and are doing and what You will do. You are the creator of everything that is – regardless of what we try to say. You are the sovereign Lord of it all and if we acknowledge it now or not there will come a day when we all will do so for there will be no room for denial.

These “four living beings”? They symbolize Your attributes – Your qualities and character. They lead us in worshipping You by proclaiming Your holiness. The lion symbolizes majesty and power, the ox symbolizes faithfulness, the human symbolizes intelligence, and the eagle sovereignty.

They and the “twenty-four elders” show us “where, why, and how to praise God.” We stop focusing on ourselves and focus on You – our perspectives are lifted from the “earthly to the heavenly.”

May these words guide me to praise You as well,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
    the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” vs8

“You are worthy, O Lord our God,
    to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
    and they exist because you created what you pleased.” vs11

Amen.

Aug 14th, Mon, 6:26 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

PRAISE!

All praise, glory, and honor to You, Father! The things You have done and are doing and will do are awesome and amazing! On a universal scale they are absolutely astounding and on my personal level, they are utterly inspiring and humbling.

I have posted a portion of this favorite hymn before (Such Love! – 01/25/16) but it comes to mind again. Last time it was the chorus, here’s the first verse.

That God should love a sinner such as I,
Should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss,
Nor rest till he had planned to bring me nigh –
How wonderful is love like this!                         – C. Bishop, 1929

Lord, I cannot believe that I will ever cease to be amazed at Your wonderful love for me. There is a no more perfect example of love in all that exists! It is surely not deserved but it is so freely given. You are scorned, rejected, ignored, and disrespected but the outpouring of Your love upon the good and the bad, upon the righteous and the unrighteous is unending!

  O for a thousand tongues to sing
  My great Redeemers praise…                – Charles Wesley, 1739

Even these lyrics, though generous would be inept at communicating how I feel about all the many ways that Your love has impacted and continues to impact my life. All praise, glory, and honor to You, Lord, my Savior, and Redeemer! Amen and Amen!

Dec 9th, Fri, 5:32 am

Praise God!

Thank you all so much for all of your prayers! Karen’s dad’s hip replacement went very well – the surgeon was very pleased! He lost very little blood during the procedure and had no adverse reaction to the anesthesia.We are truly blessed!

Sacrifice of Praise

It’s one of those hard to focus mornings, Father. My mind is going every whichaway – thunder is booming, the rain is pouring. I can’t seem to get comfortable. Help me to reel it all in. Help me to give You the attention You deserve.

Hebrews 13: 15-16 (<<click here)

“… through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God…”

Lord, trying to wrap my brain around this passage is a bit of a challenge this morning. One thing I need to be reminded of is that the term sacrifice in the Old Testament didn’t always have connections to sin and forgiveness. Burnt offerings, grain offerings, and peace offerings were all voluntary acts of worship. They could express devotion and surrender to God. They could be intended to recognize Your goodness and provision.

Throughout every day, Lord, I should become more and more aware of the importance of giving You praise. Time and time again You are there for me. Your Holy Spirit within me helps me to pause before I speak, to quickly turn the other way the moment temptations present themselves, to be slow to judge and quick to love, to be diligent in my labors and not frivolous with my time. These things and many, many others should bring praise to You from my lips.

Even when the going gets tough and trials come upon me I am still compelled to praise. You are with me all the way, even though the storms may howl about me. When I do so those around me can see who I am in You and I can testify all that You do for me.

Lord, help me this day to keep my focus on You. Help me to offer “a continual sacrifice of praise to” You throughout each and every day. Amen!

July 18th, Mon, 6:26 am

Mold and Shape Us

Even at this early hour, Father, many things are running through my mind – joy in seeing Your mighty hand at work in the life of a newborn recovering from life changing surgery – thinking, with a heavy heart, of events which transpired at work yesterday and what it means for parties involved – a gamut of emotions but though I feel both joy and sorrow the depths of what I feel is nothing compared to the joy the mother of the newborn is feeling or the sorrow of the life changing events with which  the individual from work is dealing.

And, Father, You permeate the mix – You are right there with us, rejoicing when we rejoice and there to console us in our loss. But what is our response to You? It is easy to give You praise in the midst of blessing… but can we do so in times of heartache? If we can, it would help us. Sometimes we are able to do so but only after a period of time.

There are times when, because of our own actions, we experience heartache. We did something we should not have done or we didn’t do something we should have done. Either way we must deal with the consequences. It may seem odd but praise is appropriate. We can praise because now that it is exposed we can deal with it – no more hiding, no more denying, no more avoiding it. Even if sin is involved we can praise because if we repent, You love us and will forgive – new slate, new start – move on.

We can praise in that everything we experience in life can be built upon. You use it all to mold and shape us into what we need to be – even the bad stuff can be used. It can make us more sensitive to the plight of others. It can strengthen our own fortitude so as not to fall again. It can be a catalyst to move us on to bigger and better things. It can help us see the importance of our relationship with You – more dependence on You and less on ourselves.

Lord, help me this day to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15 Remind me to pray for them and help me to remember that in my walk with You, that You “must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 Amen.

May 11th, Tues, 5:51 am