8. God is exalted above all living creatures:
Representatives of created beings:
Man — foremost among intellectual creatures1 and made in the image of God
Eagle — foremost among birds
Ox — foremost among cattle
Lion — foremost among wild beasts
Symbolism also applies to the creatures’ identities as well as their actions. Too much to go into here.
a. Holy, holy, holy
His very presence makes every living being aware that compared to His purity, righteousness, and supreme perfection, we have no grounds for pride or arrogance.
During a time of prayer, kneeling with my face on the floor, a sense of awe overwhelmed me. I kept saying, “holy, holy, holy” over and over again. It’s all I could say, and I didn’t want to stop. I don’t know how long it went on.
As a musician, I think of all the beautiful lyrics written over the years. But in His presence, our vocabulary is completely inadequate.
b. Lord God Almighty
Ruler of all
Absolute and universal Sovereign
c. Who was, and is, and is to come.
He is Eternal. He had no beginning and His existence will never end.
The creator of everything including man, the sustainer of everything, our eternal God of everything that exists forever.
9. Give glory, honor and thanks to God.
David showed us how to worship with poetic lyrics and with dance.
David blessed God in full view of the entire congregation:
Blessed are you, God of Israel, our father
from of old and forever.
To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might,
the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor;
Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth;
the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all.
Riches and glory come from you,
you’re ruler over all;
You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand
to build up and strengthen all.
And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you,
praising your splendid Name. MSG (emphasis added)
Setting ourselves apart — our bodies and our entire lives as a living sacrifice is an act of worship. Anything else we can conceive will cause us to live a life that pales in comparison to His destiny for us. Thankfully, since we all fail in this life, we have all eternity.
Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. AMP
Meditate on Him with a thankful heart that overflows with His wisdom through our words and songs.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. NLT
Giving Glory, Honor, and Gratitude to the One who Was and is to come
Gratitude and answered prayer journal. I started one last year, but I’ve yet to make it a consistent habit. Even non-spiritual people say how much it transforms your life. (The gratitude part) I find I need to force myself to look for blessings. Reading the list gets my thought-life back on a positive track.
When life is challenging, it’s easier to focus on what’s aggravating me. Yet I know I have so much to be thankful for. Even if there was nothing in my physical life, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and my eternal destiny are more than enough.
Bible Study Fellowship is awesome. I often read the set of questions for the next day. I find myself thinking about them. So this study causes me to meditate on the Word of God day and night. Because I’m meditating on it, I’m more likely to share something I’ve learned. Another plus.
Sharing my own study notes forces me to study. It takes me about seven hours to complete and post one day’s lesson. (Not all of that is study time. Editing and formatting take at least an hour.) But even when I’m editing, I’m reading the questions and what I wrote over and over. I’m praising Him by sharing the good news with thousands of readers every day of the year.
Avoiding worldly distractions–especially media and entertainment–is also a big deal for me. My mind dwells on whatever I allow in. Especially news, which is mostly opinions and controversy, not facts.
I’m sacrificing my life by helping raise my grandchildren, caring for my aging Dad, and writing in obedience to God’s call.
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