I had a blessed weekend totally focused in serving Jesus, His people, and a needy world through different format. But for some of you, it was a trilling time; for others, there were more than a few discouragements. Whether it was an easy or a difficult weekend for you, I pray God will bless, refresh, and empower to keep going and growing in serving Jesus Christ in the coming week.
Here is a brief thought from Psalms 36:5-6, for you to consider today:
Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
Today, take some time to remember just how great, how mighty, how wonderful the God you serve is. David understood it in Psalms 36 and after spending the first four verses of Psalms 36 writing about wicked men in all their wickedness, David turned his mind to more pleasant thoughts.
Think along with me:
We can picture David standing on a height overlooking the land of Israel – maybe even on Mount Arbel. As David looked up into the blue sky, he said: Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens. Do we see the evidence of this merciful God in this vast domain?
Then he saw beautiful clouds drifting through the sky and said, Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Do we see the evidence of this faithful God in midst of this unfaithful world?
He turned his eyes north and saw Mount Hermon in the distance, and sang, Your righteousness is like the great mountains. Do we see the evidence of this righteous God in the revelation that has been granted to us?
Then he looked down at the beautiful Sea of Galilee and said, Your judgments are a great deep. Yes, His judgements are beyond our comprehension.
Finally, some well-fed cattle’s eating grass caught his eye, and he thought about how God provides for all His creatures: O LORD, You preserve man and beast. He cares for you and me.
When David thought of the mercy, the faithfulness, the righteousness, and the judgments of God, he could only describe these attributes of God with the biggest things he could think of – the heavens, the clouds that fill the sky, the great mountains, and the great deep of the sea. If you were given the opportunity to express the greatness of God, how would you define it?
I don’t think there really are any great people or community of God. We are all just serving Him in whatever way He gives and gifts us to do. It’s easy to think of ourselves or our community more highly than we should! We are nothing apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
But I do know this: we serve a great God. That in itself makes our work great! Be assured, we are nothing compared to the greatness of God. I love this particular Hymn:
I rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I rather be His than have riches untold;
I rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I rather be led by His nail pierced hand
And to be the King of a vast domain
And be held in sin’s dread sway.
I rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
I rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I rather be true to His holy name
He is fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He is sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He is all that my hungering spirit needs.
I rather have Jesus and let Him lead.
Just amazing to know that we belong to a great God. I invite you to come and fall in love with this GOD, He is willing to fill your mind and heart with Himself.