August 19, Monday

Today’s blog, written by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, was originally posted on November 1, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“We Stand in Awe of You”

Psalm 93

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! 5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

Have you ever experienced a time when you were in awe of something?  Maybe it was seeing the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls for the first time.  These moments cannot often be put into words because of how glorious and breathtaking they are.  

Psalm 93 was written to show the greatness and majesty of our God.  It is the Psalm of Omnipotent Sovereignty declaring that our God reigns supreme.  The writer of this Psalm continues to exalt the works of the Lord by mentioning that he has established the earth (v.1) and all of creation declare his reign.  He identifies and declares that Yahweh is mightier than the floods and the waves of the sea (v. 3-4).  His works reveal the nature of the Great King: his glory and strength. 

When was the last time you stood in awe of the Lord?  As we take a step back from our busy lives and remember that our God reigns over the universe, it should give us a humbling perspective about our own lives.  It should help us not to worry or be anxious, realizing that we are in “good hands”; subsequently, it should result in worship and praise to our glorious King.  

Take some time this morning to stand in awe of our King who reigns over all and ascribe worship unto Him.

Prayer: Almighty God, we stand in awe of You, for we are enthralled by Your unfathomable goodness expressed through Your unlimited patience over our continuous rebellions and transgressions.  May we finally “get it”—repent and choose to walk in Your grace. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 9


Lunch Study Break

Read Matthew 6:25-33: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Questions to Consider

  1. What do we learn about God’s sovereignty in this passage?
  2. Why does Jesus point to creation when dealing with the issue of anxiety?
  3. What are some areas in your life where you need greater faith?  What are some worries you can lay down at his feet as you worship our glorious King?  Take some time to lift up some of your anxieties and ask the Lord for greater faith and right perspective in your life.  

Note

  1. One of the main themes of this passage is that Jesus is the Lord over creation.  He is the one who sovereignly controls all things.
  2. Notice that in verse 30, Jesus points out that the reason for our fears and anxieties is because we live not by faith, but by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).  It is a reminder that we should not worry because He reigns over all.
  3. Personal response

Evening Reflection

As we close with Joshua 4 this evening, we see that Joshua commanded Israel to take stones and use them as a memorial to remember what the Lord had done for them as they miraculously passed through the Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant.  Spend some time reflecting and meditating on the greatness and goodness of our Lord. Remember that he is sovereign and nothing is out of his control.

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