Daily Devotional: Psalms 11:4-7
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
We serve a God who is so indescribable to mortal minds, whose power is beyond our imagination and is incomprehensible. We serve a Savior who lived as one of us on this earth, a Savior who gave up the glories of heaven to live and suffer as a man, born of a woman. Having lived for us he has now returned to the throne of his Father and rules all things for our good and his glory.
Life and its meaning are not a great mystery to be determined by the sages of old or the philosophers of todays world. Our very existence and the life in each of us is an extension of the God we serve. We are all made in his image and his desire is that we incorporate his nature and attributes into our own hearts and lives.
Jesus lived a meaningful life, suffered at the hands of cruel men and then died for our sinfulness. He gave his life as a sacrifice of atonement in the place of my life and yours so we can live with him and with the Father in eternity. The beauty of the sunset or the sunrise reflected on the ocean or the colors of the autumn leaves or the song of the birds does not begin to compare with the beauty of that eternal home. There will be no sun because his glory will give us light forever.
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder and consider all the worlds your hand has made, I then proclaim: “how great, majestic and awesome you are.” It is so humbling for me to ponder your greatness, your wisdom and your majesty; and yet it is so rewarding and motivating for me to consider your love, your mercy and your grace. Help me keep my eyes focused on the things above and on Jesus who is seated at your right hand. Give me wisdom and strength as I allow your Spirit to work in me and mold me into your image. I pray in the name of Jesus.