A new day, a new week, a new opportunity to live for you, Lord Jesus, my God and King. Praise you that the purpose you have given us in life is not dependent on our success or failure, on other people’s opinions of us, on our feelings or perceptions, or by our circumstances. In every instance, at every moment we can trust and praise you, Lord God, and thereby bring you glory and honor—this is the purpose of our lives, to worship you, the Creator of all, the Sustainer of all, the ender of all—for you are worthy.
You are the One who breathed the stars into existence, who gathered a handful of them into the Milky Way, who arranged our solar system in one little corner, who hung the earth on nothing, who set it’s rotation, axis and orbit at the optimum levels, at just the right distance from the sun. You spoke into existence the fish and fowl, the beasts and beauty of the earth. You fashioned from earth man and from man, woman.
You, O Lord God, are immensely powerful, unwaveringly strong and wonderfully wise. As you created and now sustain all in your wisdom and love, so you have worked in our sin-warped lives. You created a way of salvation which was much harder than speaking the stars into space. You became the man, Jesus of Nazareth, you suffered the unjust attacks of people, demons and the devil, you became sin for us, you endured the ripping of the Trinity, and you were crushed under the just wrath of the Father against sin. And you took it all with patience, trust and love.
You then rose up to defeat the devil and death, to open the door to life and light and to invite all to come through it into the Kingdom of Truth, Purity and Love. Those of your sinful human beings who come are transformed as they pass through the doorway of your sacrifice.
–They enter as enemies, they exit as your children.
–They enter as those excluded from heaven, they exit as qualified by you as partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in the Kingdom of Light.
–They enter as grotesque rebels, they exit clothed in the beautiful righteousness of Christ.
–They enter as weak in flesh and dead in spirit, they exit with a resurrected spirit, indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
–They enter as aliens, they exit as those in whom the Lord delights.
These truths never alter; these privileges are given for eternity, sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit as the first portion of the inheritance of the children of God.
Lord God, what a wonderful and gracious God you are, way beyond anything that man could ever think up. You live in dimensions we have never seen or could imagine. A few of these we can name, but not actually know: you are eternal, all seeing, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, never tiring, never sleeping, never changing, living outside of time and loving all perfectly. We can only glimpse tiny portions of these dimensions in descriptions of you in the Word. We must bow before you in the small window of knowledge you have granted within the limits of living in a three dimensional world bounded by death and decay.
The wonder of becoming the beloved child of such a Great and Gracious God is incomprehensibly wide and deep and long and high. It is good we will have all eternity to rejoice in you, to worship you, to love you.
We begin now with putting on the armor of God, lifting the shield of faith through praise to give you honor, glory, exaltation and power all through the day. When we desire to live thusly, each event becomes a stage upon which we can live in your grace and be a signpost pointing to you: the living, loving God of light, beckoning to all mankind from the doorway of salvation.
Today may we live the purpose for which you created us, resting in the mighty Truth of your Being, bringing joy and honor to your heart through praise, prayer and persistence in obedience. Amen.