ANT-PEOPLE!

So you mayBugs have seen either seen the preview for, or the actual movie Ant-man recently. I haven’t seen the movie but I have seen the preview, in 4D at Disney’s California Adventure! I was just waiting in fear for when the “creepy crawler” sensation would come upon me from the chair to match what I was watching on-screen. When it did I couldn’t help popping up and exclaiming out-loud, MY BUTT!!! Haha, that is just what popped out of my mouth, it was really funny. Lately God has been placing Psalm 113:4-6 on my heart, I read it awhile back and was struck by it in my heart but then forgot where in the Psalms this passage was. Recently the Holy Spirit impressed it upon me again as I’ve meditated on scripture about God “keeping a list” of all that we say and do (see post “The List”) Thankfully I was able to Google what I remembered of the scripture to find the passage again and meditate carefully upon it as God continues to impress it upon my heart and mind.

The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? Psalm 113:4-6

What really is striking to me here is that God actually has to humble himself to regard us. This may not seem like such a big revelation, I mean we mere man, filthy in our sin, before an almighty, holy God. But really we tend to lose sight of this and it has been impressed on my heart. I’ve been pondering this, chewing upon it and allowing it to humble me. Then this morning during praise and worship as we sang song after song about how forever Great and Mighty God is He helped me to see and understand just a little bit more. You see, this week at work something out of the ordinary has been going on. When I get out to my car at the end of the day my driver’s side handle area has been teaming with super tiny bugs, smaller than ants. It is really disgusting, I’m repulsed and just hoping that when I open the door that they haven’t made it through the crack and begun crawling all over my seat. I quickly open the door, sigh with relief and then forget all about them by the time I get home. That is until this morning. Right there in the middle of worshipping majestic, awesome God, He brought this picture to my mind. That before Him I am like a little ant, but even smaller than that, kind of like those bugs on my car. We all are, and we are repulsive, creepy crawling in our sinful ways all over the earth. BUT, God who is holy chooses to regard us. Instead of ignoring us or wiping us out like we deserve, filthy bugs that we are, He allows us to continue to team around on earth for now, and He regards us. He pays attention to us…and….He considers our ways. From His dwelling place He looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth—He Who fashions the hearts of them all, Who considers all their doings. Psalm 33:14-15  As I was singing and considering how infinitely small I was compared to God I couldn’t help but have a big smile break out on my face. In part I was smiling because of the joy that poured over as God was taking the time to use these experiences in my life to teach me, like a tender loving Father teaches His child. At the same time I couldn’t help but picture the whole sanctuary of people this morning like a tiny little patch of ants organizing themselves to praise God. Then it came time for God to become really serious with Me as He pressed His truth upon my heart even further. Although in comparison to Him we are like these microscopic ants, we are at the same time very valuable and very much accountable. How can this be? Because God assigns us value and responsibility when He creates us.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27

When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas. Psalm 8:3-8

So it is with fear and reverence that we must come before God, not spurning His holiness and the calling to worship Him instead of ourselves. We each will stand before God for judgement, but will it be with or without the protection of Christ? Will it be as one who dared curse the name of God and to His sorrow spurned His grace? Or, will it be as one that was once filthy but was born again, becoming a new creation, an adopted child of God through Christ? Christ the Lord Who rescues us from our filthy ways and puts upon us the new identity of co-heir. Mind-shattering is this mystery, this business of ransoming us from the kingdom of darkness through the blood of Christ. O praise Him, the King of Glory who from the beginning of time has known each one of us, unworthy as we are, created us in our mother’s womb and Who calls us each by name, who in His great love and mercy seeks reconciliation with us.

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:25-27

Learning about God – by “listening” to the Prayers made in Public throughout Scripture

This post is currently being updated and more observations will be added as I go through the public prayers listed on the Verses on Prayer page. Currently I have left off after 2 Chronicles 20:1-29.

What do we learn about God by studying the public prayers made throughout scripture?

We learn that:

  • Our strength is lifted up in the Lord
  • God is salvation
  • There is none holy like the Lord
  • There is none besides God
  • There is no Rock like our God
  • The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him all actions are weighted
  • The Lord slays and makes alive, the Lord brings down to Sheol and raises up
  • The Lord makes poor and makes rich
  • The Lord brings low and He lifts up
  • The Lord raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory
  • The pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and He has set the world upon them
  • The Lord will guard the feet of His godly ones
  • Against His adversaries will the Lord thunder in heaven and they will be broken to pieces
  • The Lord will judge to the ends of the earth
  • The Lord will give strength to His King and exalt the power of His Anointed
  • there is no God like the Lord in heaven above or on earth beneath
  • God keeps His covenant and shows mercy and loving kindness to His servants who walk before Him with all their heart
    (we know from other scripture that God also keeps His covenant with those who reject Him and His mercy)
  • God kept what He promised David, Salomon’s father. God spoke with His mouth and fulfilled it with His hand.
  • God is the God of Israel
  • The heavens and heaven of heavens cannot contain God
  • God and only God knows the hearts of all the children of men
  • God separated Israel out of all the peoples of the earth to be His heritage (and we know from other scripture that those who accept Christ as their savior are grafted into God’s people and those who do not believe will be pruned away Romans 11)
  • God is good and His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever
  • God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel
  • The Lord is God
  • To the Lord belongs the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty
  • All that is in the heavens and the earth is God’s
  • To God belongs the kingdom
  • God is to be exalted as Head over all
  • Both riches and honor come from God
  • God reigns over all
  • In God’s hand are power and might
  • In God’s hands it is to make great and to give strength to all
  • God’s name is glorious
  • All things come from God and out of God’s own hand we give back to God (offering)
  • God’s Name is holy
  • God tries the heart and delights in uprightness
  • God is the God in heaven
  • God rules over all the kingdoms of the nations
  • In God’s hands are power and might, so that none are able to withstand Him
  • God drove out the inhabitants of the promised land before Israel and gave it forever to the descendants of Abraham, God’s friend
  • the battle is not our, but is God’s
  • God’s mercy and loving-kindness endure forever