Devotionals

A Reflection on the Beauty and Majesty of God

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Psalm 8

The Passion Translation

1 Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name!

2 You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the power to shut Satan’s mouth. Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you.

3 Look at the splendor of your skies, your creative genius glowing in the heavens. When I gaze at your moon and your stars mounted like jewels in their settings, I know you are the Fascinating Artist who fashioned it all! But when I look up and see such wonder and workmanship above, I have to ask you this question:

4Compared to all this cosmic glory, why would you bother with puny, mortal manor be infatuated with Adam’s sons?

5 Yet what honor you have given to man, created only a little lower than Elohim, crowned like kings and queens with glory and magnificence.

6 As lords of creation you have delegated to them mastery over all you have made, making everything subservient to their authority, placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers.

7-8 All the created order and every living thing of the earth, sky, and sea—the wildest beasts and all the sea creatures, everything is in submission to Adam’s sons.

9 Lord, your name is so great and powerful. People everywhere see your majesty! What glory streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name!


A Devotional Exercise

I’ve noticed that there is this weird thing sometimes when I read the Word of God.  If my heart isn’t quiet enough to receive, or if I’m simply reading the Bible as some religious act and not to encounter Jesus Christ the person who wants to have a relationship with me, it can seem to veil itself against me, and I am tempted to skim over it. Consequently it will have no meaning.  It reminds me of when Jesus said to the crowds listening to His sermons, “Those who have ears to hear, let them hear!”   So if you are like me, and had that problem trying to read the Psalm above, I urge you to go back and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.

Today, I encourage you to marinate on every phrase and every image of this beautiful Psalm.  How beautiful is our God, how gorgeous, how lovely!  If the stars, the planets, the oak tree, the majestic mountains, oceans cliffs, penguins, sunflowers, glaciers starfish and gemstones were the things he created, how much more lovely is He?  How much more lovely is His unspoiled heaven?

Take a moment to reflect on the most stunning aspects of God’s creation.  What takes your breath away?  The untouchable magnificence of the stars and planets each night? The glimmer of gems hidden deep in the earth?  The different lovely animals and their unique personalities?  Think of a few of your favorite creations or places and ask God this morning, why did you create this? What purpose does it serve?  What did you want it to tell us about you…or about us?  Listen.

You’ll be amazed what He shows you.

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About the creators of the Passion translation:

Brian and Candice Simmons were ruined for lukewarm Christianity when they witnessed a jungle village where they were serving as missionaries be radically changed as people gave their lives to follow Jesus Christ. The Passion translation, a new dynamic version of the Scriptures encompassing the early Aramaic manuscripts along with the traditional Greek and Hebrew texts is their latest project.  Brian is a pastor, Bible teacher and linguist.  You can purchase their translations of many books of the Bible on kindle or Amazon.

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    Lily Frost
    June 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

    This was magnificent to read as I head off to the hills for my early morning hike! I’ll be breathing Him in with the cool morning air and exhaling out the stress and cares of this temporal world, saying ‘yes’ to His plans for the day.

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