O Lord my God, You are very great:
I was reading this Psalm tonight and the whole thing reminded me of Acts 17:28 which tells us that it is "in Him we live and move and have our being."
I've had a number of positive comments about the story that I shared in my post Power Thought # 1. I'm so glad. As you might recall, the conversation that followed the command to jump up and touch the ceiling went like this:
me: Honey, did you obey?
daughter: yes, Mama
me: Could you do it alone?
me: Honey, we can always obey God, but we always need the strength He gives us. We can't do it alone.
It is SO true that we can only obey through Christ who strengthens us. BUT, do we "get" that it is ALWAYS true. Some of us might be tempted to think that we only need to rely on God for the "big stuff" or when we're called upon to do "hard" for Jesus. So for people like me who in practical every day living have fallen repeatedly into the temptation of thinking I can do a whole lot "on my own," there is another exercise I'd like to add.
I'll call it "bend down and touch the floor." If that was the command and you obeyed it, how would you answer the question "Could you do that alone?"
Is there really any strength that we have that isn't given to us by God? We live and move and have our being in Him. If He takes away our breath, we die. Every heartbeat is a gift. Every functioning nerve and muscle and joint and tendon and the blood flow and everything else that is needed for us to bend over and touch the floor is a gift. May we grow in thankfulness to Him for the strength He supplies for EVERYTHING we do!
No wonder the Psalmist ends his consideration of God's wonderful works with these words...let's join him.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!