For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
Can you see beyond the stars with your naked eye? Can we see the farthest reaches of the galaxy, the universe?
Even if you could see that far, God’s love and forgiveness would still exceed it.
That is why our poor measure of sight and comprehension cannot cope with His grace. We cannot believe in an extension of compassion so vast and magnificent.
Ancient man could not comprehend a universe greater than what he could see. We now can see farther into the once-unknown than ever. And with that, we believe we can see it all. Our own God-given wisdom leads us to think we can fully know the breadth of God.
Oh, save us from our “wisdom”, Lord! Let us cast ourselves upon you and receive with childlike wonder and awe your blessing of grace.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. Psalm 5:3 (ESV)
O Lord – the first person I speak to in the morning is you, Lord. For only you hear me in the truest, deepest sense of hearing.
in the morning – at the beginning of the day, I need you. I need you to hear me. I need you to answer me.
you hear my voice – you do hear me, Lord. You hear me to the depths of my soul, whether in joy or despair, faith or hopelessness
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you – what is my sacrifice for you today, Father? I sacrifice my self-assurance, my self-confidence, my confidence in my own wisdom and strength.
and watch – I watch for your answer! You answer prayer all the time, faithful God, and I miss it too often because I’m looking for my answer, the answer I want. Help me to look for your answer.
Why are you cast down, o my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11
The longing to praise God doesn’t go away when I am in the depths of despair. I wrestle within my soul because I know the truth: God is my salvation and my hope, my only surety, the only one in whom I can fully trust. I know these things!
So, why I am struggling so? Why am I so sad?
Oh, God, is my wrestling with these thoughts worship? I am trying to work these things out before you. Am I giving you praise in the midst of it? And by that I mean am I looking to you alone for the answers? Praise is recognizing God, recognizing you, Father, for all you are. All of your majesty, all of your holiness, all of your love, all of your grace, all of your justice, all of your faithfulness, all of your steadfastness, all of your power.
As I cry out to you from the depths of my despair I am seeing through the tears, through the dimness of the dark day, that you are the only one I can turn to. You are the only one I can cry out to. So, I am praising you. I am worshiping you, even in the pain. I praise you in the dark as I seek your light.
There is a dawn coming. And in the light of that dawn, I will see you anew and afresh. I shall again praise you in the light of day.