Summer Soak Day 29:
Parades, cook outs and fireworks…today in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day! As the daughter of a career Army officer (decorated Vietnam War Veteran), and one who spent parts of my childhood and adolescent years living in other countries, I am so grateful for the sacrifice and service of those who daily put their lives on the line to defend and uphold the freedoms I enjoy every day. One of these greatest freedoms being the right to openly read, discuss, study (and even blog about) the Word of God. Along with the freedom I enjoy in being able to meet every week, without fear, with other Christ-followers in worship. May we never become so comfortable that we forget what great privileges we enjoy as citizens of this nation!
As we celebrate our freedom and watch majestic fireworks, let’s use these to prompt us to praise God for His majesty and splendor and for providing us with the greatest freedom of all—salvation in Jesus. Let’s celebrate the freedom we experience as we live in complete abandon to the God who is limitless, our Deliverer, our Savior, our Provider and Protector!
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. —1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Our word for majesty comes from a Latin word meaning greatness. When the Scriptures speak of the majesty of God it is always describing an aspect of God’s greatness. Whenever we study God’s Word, and consider and contemplate God’s greatness, it naturally brings us to a posture of worship.
How do we form a right idea of God’s greatness?
J.I. Packer writes, “The Bible teaches us two steps that we must take. The first is to remove from our thoughts of God limits that would make him small. The second is to compare him with powers and forces which we regard as great.”
Let’s do that today as we read through two passages of Scripture.
Read Isaiah 40:25-27. Consider for yourself the questions Isaiah posed and then read through God’s response found in other Scriptures passages.
Question #1: To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. —Isaiah 40:25
What is God’s response?
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. —Isaiah 40:26
Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back? —Isaiah 43:11-13
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other. —Isaiah 45:18
Question #2 : Why do you say…My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God? — Isaiah 40:27
What is God’s response?
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:28-31
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “ Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. —Isaiah 43:1-7
Let’s close today by reading one final response to the two questions posed today regarding the limitless, infinite majesty of our God. Read Psalm 139.
What were some ways the psalmist meditated on the infinite and unlimited nature of God’s presence, knowledge and power in relation to people? Record what you learn by completing the prompts below.
His relationship with people…
How does the fact that God is infinite, limitless, great, awesome and powerful and yet so very intimate with those who are His, encourage you today? Praise Him!
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is your freedom. He is without boundaries, limitless!
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
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