Friday, July 1, 2011

Your love, oh Lord... - July 1st, 2011

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings
Psalm 36:5-7 (NIV)

History and Context:
Today I was inspired by a worship song by Third Day, Your Love Oh Lord, based off of this psalm. This is another Psalm by King David. Another example of David's heart for worship, and his understanding for how great God is. Scholars believe that David began writing psalms when he was around 14 years of age. These very psalms have lasted the tests of time and are still used today, some three to four thousand years later.

The Text:
The text is simply noting and wondering at the greatness of God. God's love and faithfulness stretches and covers more than we could imagine, His righteousness is stronger than the mightiest mountain. The psalm begins by claiming that the wicked have no fear of God, and 'flatter' themselves instead. He then begins describing God and makes it clear how absurd it is to flatter ourselves when we look at the greatness of God. David then finishes the psalm by again affirming that the wicked have no power in God's sight: "See how the evildoers lie fallen — thrown down, not able to rise!"

The Challenge:
For today's challenge I will take from the words of Paul:

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,
but rather think of yourself with sober judgment,
in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Romans 12:3

Remember how great God is! Remember that without Him you wouldn't have the gifts and talents that you have. But also remember that with Him you have everything you need to soar! Without Him I am nothing, with Him I am everything!

The Prayer:
Lord, you are an awesome God! I thank you Lord for your amazing love and faithfulness in my life. I thank you Lord, that though I am nothing without you, you have made me everything. Help me live to the potential that I have in you. Thank you Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen!

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