May 18th, 2018 — IGNITE

Do you remember the last time something completely captivated you? It held your attention so tight, even if it was just for a moment of time? Maybe it was a documentary about an amazing historic figure or event. Maybe it was an athletic contest. Maybe it was a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Or maybe it was simply a love and interest in your chosen hobby. Whatever your interests may be, almost everyone has experienced the excitement of something new.

The person who wrote Psalm 111 is amazed, Here is what he says… “great are the works of the LORD”. These works aren’t simply good, they’re great! And just as some things in life usher a sense of awe and wonder, so should God’s works. In fact, His great works surround us through nature and are demonstrated throughout the Bible.

Unfortunately, sometimes we lose our sense of wonder in our walk with God. The majesty of His works and power lose their freshness, become normal to us and feel stagnate. This means that many times we can simply go through the motions of our faith and when that happens our power and glory fade and falter. Don’t let the works of God become like this in your life.

As we hear and read Bible passages often, let’s never lose our sense of awe. As we drive by the same mountains or forests, rather than growing accustomed to their beauty, we should look upon them with a wonder-filled heart that God has created something so big and beautiful. Not only are we called to delight in the majesty of God’s works, but they benefit us in our knowledge of and faith in God. We learn the following about the character of God as you read Psalm 111 :

vs. 3 – He is full of splendor and majesty; His righteousness endures forever

vs. 4 – He is gracious and merciful

vs. 5 – He remembers His covenants

vs. 7 – He is faithful, just, and trustworthy

These are all attributes of God that we learn by studying His word. This knowledge in turn increases our faith and gives us a greater appreciation for what God has done in, for and around us. Let’s rejoice and be glad that we serve such a loving and powerful God!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Many people are looking for something that will boast their sagging faith. Their looking for an outside source that will pick them up and move them along. But the truth is, He, that is the Holy Spirit, is already inside of you. As you take time to concentrate on the works of God in your life, you’ll find a renewed sense of joy and delight in Him. Don’t miss it.

Help me keep my eyes wide open today to see Your beauty and glory. Refresh my faith. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen