“5 And the Levites – Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah – said: ‘Stand up and praise the Lordyour God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. ‘Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. 6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” NIV
As you come to prayer it is good to remind yourself just who you are praying to. You can do this in the very act of worship.
At least 5 truths about God are acknowledged in this offering of praise:
- He is eternal: ‘’from everlasting to everlasting’’;
- He is glorious: His ‘’Name’’ represents all He is in His essential being; it speaks of His nature;
- He is the only God: ‘’You alone are the LORD’’;
- He is the creator of all that is;
- He is worshipped by all the heavenly host.
This makes me think about the prayer offered by the church in Acts 4:24 -30. It begins like this:
‘’Sovereign Lord…you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.’’
It’s good to remind yourself who you’re talking to.
Just recently Jilly and I were watching a nature programme about the Hawaiian Islands. As we were watching a brilliant sequence about whales, I thought how important it is to step back, pause, and take a lingering look at the world. Let yourself observe long enough to stand in awe. You need look no further than your own garden, or the sky above you. Take time to consider the sun, moon and stars. Doesn’t a starry night send a shiver down your spine? You and I are so small; the universe is so big. The God who made it is bigger still – immeasurably big. All of nature points to Him (Psalm 19:1-4/Romans 1:19,20).
‘’You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.’’
This is our God.
PRAYER: May I never lose the wonder of who you are almighty God – the breathtaking wonder that I may approach you through Jesus.