I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.They tell of the power of your awesome works -and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom. Psam 145:1-12
The Rocky Mountains are said to be over 14,000 feet tall, and are located in both Canada and the United States. The tiny postcard souvenir in my hand seemed quite small and insignificant when I held it up against the backdrop of these massive mountains. They were huge and imposing, but as we drove away that day, I noticed that the farther we drove, the smaller the mountains appeared to be.
As Christians, we come across circumstances that seem difficult and insurmountable, but when we view our situations in the light of the Omnipotent One, we realise how truly small our issues are, and how great and magnified is our God. If we hang on to the issues and challenges that threaten our walk, they will definitely appear large and foreboding, but if we lay them at His feet and walk away, we may find that they lose their significance.
Psalm 145 speaks of the greatness of God, His gracious and compassionate ways, and shows how we can tell others of the great and mighty things He has done. When we focus on our issues and talk about them all the time, we may unknowingly be giving them a greater ‘power’ than they have over our lives. If we allow Him to be magnified in our lives, then we will be in a better position to view everything else in perspective.
The mountains did not change in size, but they seemed smaller as we left them behind. Eventually they dropped out of sight and were no longer the focus of our attention… Our God is able to give us the grace to endure hardship and the strength to balance up under the weight of our life’s pressures. Better yet, He is able to take the things we struggle with so they no longer impact us the way they do. Would today be a good day to walk away from our real or imagined mountains and focus on the strength and power of the One who is able to call invisible things into being?
Inventory/Introspection: What end of the binoculars have I been looking through? What /Who have I been focusing on?
Personal Application: – I face challenges that are real and sometimes painful. How can I sincerely ‘celebrate His abundant goodness and joyfully sing of His righteousness’ when all I can see are mountains?
Father, we are thankful that You are the same: yesterday, today and tomorrow, and that You remain mighty and powerful despite what everything else around us appears to be. We are grateful that our inability to see You as bigger than our issues in no way reduces who You are and what You are able to accomplish in our lives.
We ask that You would help us to see our challenges in perspective, and that we would be willing to allow You to shape our understanding of what is around us. While we admit that trials and testings will come, we declare that You are Lord of our lives, and that there is nothing too big and hard for You!
With that in mind, we lift up a song of praise and thanksgiving to You, O Lord. We “will tell of the power of Your awesome works and proclaim Your great deeds.” You are mighty in our midst and we will glorify and magnify Your name because You are worthy and You are great!
May we always be conscious of Your majesty and power as we face life’s issues, whether they are great or small.
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