It’s a Beautiful Day to Praise God!

I woke up early and took my bible out on the front porch to watch the world take light.  As the sun began to warm the earth with His warmth and light, the Bible opened to the Wisdom of Ben Sira:

The beauty of the celestial height and the pure firmament, heaven itself manifests its glory.  The sun at its rising shines at its fullest, a wonderful instrument, the work of the Most High!

Sirach 43:1-2

Although it stormed most of the night, God’s beauty continues to shine around us.  We lost electrical power during the night — just further evidence that our man-made power is no match for God’s power.  But no matter how dark the night or how powerful the storm, God always continues to shine His light around us, and His light is beautiful!

Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor; It spans the heavens with its glory, the hand of God has stretched it out in power.

Sirach 43:11-12

The peacefulness of the morning surrounds me.  The melodious sound of the birds waking up and singing their own praises to the Lord is inspiring.  All I can think is how glorious is our God!  The Bible pages that opened before me capture my thoughts:

More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is the all!

Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works; Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power.

Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more.

Extol him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom him.  For who has seen him and can describe him?  Who can praise him as he is?  Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of his works have I seen.  It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear him he gives wisdom.

Sirach 43:27-33

O God!  You are wonderful indeed!  Thank you for giving me this beautiful day and for holding me through the storms.  The green of new life pops brightly against the clear blue tranquil sky.  I am renewed!  Let my praise be not hollow.  You surround us with beauty, with love and with hope, as each day your light shines forth, if we take the time to see.  Help me to see.  Help me to take the time to see.  Send me as your messenger, if that is your will.  Prepare me for the storms that are surely to be ahead.  You are my light!  Help me to keep my eyes on you!

 

God is Great!

God is truly great!  Today’s passage is awe-inspiring!

Now will I recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe.  By the LORD’s word his works were brought into being; he accepts the one who does his will.  As the shining sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works; Yet even God’s holy ones must fail in recounting the wonders of the LORD, Though God has given his hosts the strength to stand firm before his glory.  He searches out the abyss and penetrates the heart; their secrets he understands.  For the Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come.  He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets.  He lacks no understanding; no single thing escapes him.  He regulates the mighty deeds of his wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, With nothing added, nothing taken away; no need of a counselor for him!  How beautiful are all his works, delightful to gaze upon and a joy to behold!  Everything lives and abides forever; and to meet each need all things are preserved.  All of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has he made in vain;  For each in turn, as it comes, is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor?

Sirach 42:15-25

Read that again.  It is powerful.  He accepts the one who does his will.  We know that.  But it is hard.  There is some comfort though: even the holy ones will fail in recounting the wonders of the Lord.  We are not alone in our failures.  Even when we fail, even when we fall into the dark abyss, God searches out the abyss and penetrates the heart.  No matter where we hide, He can find us.  No matter how dark we may think a heart becomes, He can penetrate it.  No one is a lost cause. He understand the secrets that we hide from the world.  And we all have secrets.  We all have a darkness we hide.

All of us differ, yet none of us has he made in vain.  For each in turn, as it comes, is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor?

God is great and He has made us great.  All goodness comes from Him.  We come from Him.  Let us praise God for His goodness and His power!

For him each messenger succeeds, and at his bidding accomplishes his will.  More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is the all!  Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works;  Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power.  Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more. Extol him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom him.  For who has seen him and can describe him?  Who can praise him as he is?  Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of his works have I seen.  It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear him he gives wisdom.

Sirach 43:26-33

God is greater than we can even imagine.  We cannot fathom Him.  Think about these words: Greater is He than all His works.  Only a few of His works have we seen.  There is still more.

God,

You are all almighty!  I try to place you into a box here on earth, something I can comprehend.  I vainly attempt to comprehend what I cannot understand.  Your power is beyond my comprehension.  Your love is beyond my comprehension.  I know it is great.  I know you are great!  I am in awe.  All glory and praise to you!  I want to know you better.  I want to serve you better.

I know that You are the King of the World!

My prayer is that I may serve as your messenger, that I may do your will!