“Come, let us praise the Lord! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise. For the Lord is a mighty God, a mighty king over all the gods. He rules over the whole earth, from the deepest caves to the highest hills. He rules over the sea, which he made; the land also, which he himself formed. Come, let us bow down and worship him; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! He is our God; we are the people he cares for, the flock for which he provides.” Psalm 95:1-7 GNT
Have you ever really considered God? Have you taken a moment to examine Him and then ponder your own life? If you have, then you understand how deeply humbling that is. This God that we call our God knows the smallest detail of our lives and yet chooses to be in fellowship with us. We have been invited to His table. His table! What is the right response to that reality? Is it to place demands as if I have control or power over what He will do, or would it be to remember with gratitude and praise that He doesn’t owe me anything, but I owe Him everything?
When I consider this, all of my preconceived ideas of what I think should happen quickly fade. My concerns for matters that are temporal are brought into perspective, and I am reminded that I am not God. He Is. I am limited. He is the limitless One. My “stuff” must bow to His Lordship.
Just for a moment reflect on this with me. Our God is uncontainable. He is the only source of true power, and He is above all demonstrations of power. Everything that you or I have ever looked at in our lives and said, “that is powerful”, those things are under Him. The power dam that releases immense supplies of energy and power are restricted and subject to the power of His Word. If He said to them, “stop producing” they could no longer supply. They can’t function without Him. Even the deepest places of the earth that we cannot see, that have yet to be discovered, unseen springs, resources yet to be tapped into, all of them are in His hands, and at His command. The largest mountain is far out of our reach, yet He cares for whatever grows on it.
Nothing, absolutely nothing is above His control. The waves perform and fulfill His Word. He is the Creator and Sustainer of them all. He owns them all. He holds the worlds together by the power of His Word. Yet, He knows me. He loves me.
The greatness of the unsearchable One is out of my reach, but I am never out of His. Never.
He is a great God, but not just any great god. He is our Great God. Not only is His greatness displayed, but in my life His grace has been released. His grace toward me is vast and transforming. This God of ours breaks off of my heart every sense of entitlement and arrogance. He flips my judgmental attitudes upside down and reminds me that His limitless love has searched me out. This undeserving heart has found a home and because of that I am free. The correct response to this Great God of ours is “come let us worship and bow down”. It is there I find, that humility and honour meet as I worship at His feet. How can anything but gratitude fill my heart?
Today, I am grateful that the One to whom everything must bow, calls me by name. I am thankful for the privilege of calling this God, my God. As I consider this, I am asking that any ungrateful attitudes in me, or any sense of entitlement be brought to the surface and bow before the presence of the One who is worthy.