“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 100:1
What a joy to know you, Yahweh, the completely other One, the Mighty God, the Holy Lord, the Hater of sin, the Judge of all evil, the Lover of sinners, the Provider of salvation to all your enemies.
What a great privilege to be called to you; what a wonder and joy to be chosen to be your child, to have you as our ideal Father. You are always perfectly balanced between love and discipline, grace and judgment, warmth and firmness, forgiving and chastening, continual correction and consistent cherishing, whole-hearted happiness in us and grief at our sin.
The human mind could not begin to conceive of a situation better than having a God like you—and that is because you are beyond conception. No one has ever thought up a triune Creator, a three-in-one God who is our Father, Brother and Spirit at the same time. No one could imagine a God who loves those who hate Him, who redeems those who spurn Him, who woos those who reject Him.
After redeeming us, you patiently endure as we grieve your Spirit every day with our sin, and quench your Spirit with our refusal to obey your promptings. You graciously, patiently, firmly work to bring us to maturity in Christ—such a love is beyond our human experience, our conception, our wildest dreams—and that is what you are, Lord God, far beyond anything we could imagine. In your eternal infiniteness there will be no end to knowing you, learning about you, rejoicing in your marvelous, majestic, mighty Being.
You, Lord, have put us in the perfect position as your beloved children, giving us supreme support, continuous correction, lavish love, great goodness and unending, unlimited attention.
You are a marvel in your mighty majesty managing to love miniscule mankind, creatures of no consequence, especially in light of the immensity of the stars and the size of the universe. In spite of our microscopic size, to you we are valuable, precious and dearly loved.
We bask in the warmth of your love, we dance in the light of your eyes, we rejoice in the strength of your embrace, we “worship the LORD with gladness” (Ps.100:2); what less can we do in the light of your gracious grandeur?!!!
Prayer: “Lord, help me today to bask in the beauty of your being, to rejoice in the undeserved and lavish privilege of knowing you. May your greatness, glory and goodness fill my vision throughout this day. Amen.”