The Glory of God (17 September 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

I am the Lord, the one
    who encourages you.
Why are you afraid
    of mere humans?
They dry up and die like grass.

 I spread out the heavens
and laid foundations
    for the earth.
But you have forgotten me,
    your Lord and Creator.
All day long you were afraid
of those who were angry
    and hoped to abuse you.
Where are they now?

 Everyone crying out in pain
    will be quickly set free;
they will be rescued
from the power of death
    and never go hungry.
 I will help them
    because I am your God,
the Lord All-Powerful,
    who makes the ocean roar.

 I have told you what to say,
and I will keep you safe
    in the palm of my hand.
I spread out the heavens
and laid foundations
    for the earth.
Now I say, “Jerusalem,
    your people are mine.”

(Isaiah 51: 12-16)

Reflect:

We worship a God who is knowable. We do not need to speculate or fabricate or embellish: God has revealed himself. God’s character is seen in creation (Romans 1:20), in the person of his son Jesus (Colossians 1:15), and experienced through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). But the very best way to know God is to know the Bible, and to listen to what he has said about himself. As we come to know more scripture by heart, we will come to know God better.

Respond:

Learn these words from Isaiah by heart and hear God say them to you today:

“I am your God,
the Lord All-Powerful,
    who makes the ocean roar.

 I have told you what to say,
and I will keep you safe
    in the palm of my hand.”

Midday Meditation:

‘Godliness means responding to God’s revelation in trust and obedience, faith and worship, prayer and praise, submission and service. Life must been seen and lived in the light of God’s Word. This and nothing else is true religion.’

(J I Packer Knowing God)

Evening Reflection:

“We can only know a few things about a person by what they make. We can really know them well by what they say. Mountains and microbes, galaxies and goats, they each say some wonderful things about God. But to really know God, to really see and be in awe of the things that are most glorious about him, we must listen carefully to what he says about himself, because God reveals himself primarily by his word. Memorizing his word helps us listen carefully and perceive more glory.” 

(Jon Bloom)
 

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