Sundays are days we need to soak in His Word, let it resonate in our souls and settle deep into a Sabbath rest of the heart. May the reminder of His promises be a balm to you as we seek Him first in each of our journeys.Join me each Sunday for a reminder to take a soul stop in the power of His Word and be rejuvenated for the week ahead.
Repeatedly my heart finds comfort in the living Word of God, and often I settle deep in the songs of the Psalmist. There is a connecting of the soul when we read the heart raw words the poet scribes as a declaration. Poetry is a language of rhetoric, which comes from a place of knowing…a place of understanding…a place of wisdom. The Psalms touch the core of our hearts because they are expressed in language the heart understands. They are a call to action for the soul because we are either brought low in humility before the Almighty, broken in repentance for our own actions resembling the path of the penitent, or altered by a position of praise as we extol the Sovereign One who is worthy of all our adoration.
As we solemnly meditate on the greatness of God, we assume the wonder of acknowledged hope because we come face to face with the essence of His holiness. God’s glory has been demonstrated effectively in every generation in every way, so that we are without excuse when we stand in wonder at all we see.
Matthew Henry wrote that this Psalm was a declaration of the meditation of His glory. It starts and ends with a statement of truth demonstrated through proofs, quod erat demonstrandum, that reveal the holiness of God through His excellency. It puts into perspective, really, that our position before God should always be one of unhindered admiration; our prayers filled with thanksgiving for who He is and all He has done on our behalf to bring us to reveal Himself to us.
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes you have established strength because of your enemies, that You may still the enemy and the avenger. When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that YOU are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet, You have made him but a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the filed, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.
God’s mindfulness of man has made a way for us to know Him, to witness His majesty, to experience His transcendent excellency, to share in the plan of redemption, to feel the power of His Grace through the mercy of His love.
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