Monday, December 17, 2007

Our awesome God

I have been spending some time meditating in Psalm 145 lately. What a beautiful declaration of the glory of God. David extols His unfathomable greatness, His goodness and compassion, His love for all of of His creation. Perhaps best of all, though, he tells us that He is “near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” In another place he tells us, “the nearness of God is my good.” And James encourages us to “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

He will draw near to you... to me.

The Creator of the universe will “draw near” to you and me.

What an amazing idea.

Lord, give us the grace to push past all the distractions and deceptions of this world and to draw near to You each day.

“Seek first the kingdom of God...”

Here's the whole psalm.

I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness.

They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.

All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You.

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power;

To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time.

You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

The LORD keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

What an incredible God...