How high is high?

Psalm 103:11-12

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.

Roots of worship


Gratitude is rooted in remembering. Joy, peace and worship are the fruit growing out of the healthy vine of thankfulness.

Psalm 9:1-2

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;

I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Heaven is like…


I woke up early this morning. I don’t know why, really. Maybe it was so I could see this sunrise.

I thought, “Heaven is like this…” 

But then I realized there will be a day with no more analogies of “Heaven is like…” 

There will just be an eternal day of Heaven is.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Ps. 108:3-4

How Great Is the Love

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” Psalm 92:1

This Sunday we’ll be singing a new song, called “How Great Is the Love”.

It’s a wonderful, sweet song of thankfulness. This is Paul Baloche’s version of the song.

How Great Is the Love

by Meredith Andrews, Paul Baloche, and Jacob Sooter

Thank You for the way that You love us

How You love us

Thank You for the way You have made us

We were created

For Your pleasure, for Your presence

For the glory of Your name

Thank You for the way that You love us

 

Jesus, faithful King

Lord, with grateful hearts we sing

How great is the love

How great is the love

Of our Savior

The weight of the cross, the curse of our shame

You carried it all and rose from the grave

How great is the love, how great is the love

Of our Savior

 

Thank You for Your grace that has saved us

You forgave us

Thank You for the way You have freed us

We have been ransomed

We’ve been rescued, we’ve been purchased

With the price of Your own life

Thank You for the way that You love us

It’s been lonely here…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted (I think since February). Let me re-start with a wonderful hymn of thanks, first published 300 years ago. Our songs of gratitude are ever sweet in God’s ear.

When all Thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view I’m lost in wonder, love and praise.

Unnumbered comforts to my soul Thy tender care bestowed
Before my infant heart conceived from whom those comforts flowed.
When worn with sickness, oft hast Thou with health renewed my face;
And, when in sins and sorrows bowed, revived my soul with grace.
Thru ev’ry period of my life Thy goodness I’ll pursue,
And after death, in heav’n above, the glorious theme renew.

Joseph Addison, 1672–1719

The works of God in the ordinary

From D.A. Carson, commenting on Neh. 4: “If God is God, if he has graciously made himself known in the great moments of redemptive history and in visions and words faithfully transmitted by prophets he has raised up, why should we not also think of this God as operating in the so-called “natural” course of events? Otherwise we have retreated to some myopic vision in which God works only in the spectacular and the miraculous, but otherwise is absent or asleep or uncaring. The God described in the Bible is never so small or distant. ”

This is my encouragement for the day, to look for the amazing hand of God in the ordinary events of life. And once I see His hand, to worship Him in thankfulness and awe, that He is so intimately involved in every aspect of my day.