When I Consider Your Heavens

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - When I Consider Your Heavens - Psalm 8:3-6 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – When I Consider Your Heavens – Psalm 8:3-6 – Growing As Disciples

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: Psalm 8:3-6 

My Best Work

As I lie back on the grass and look up at the night sky, I am overwhelmed by the vastness of your creation. Some of what I am seeing took hundreds maybe even thousands of light years to reach me. My head feels like it is going to spin as I consider the enormity and beauty of the work of your hands. It’s so amazing my mind cannot begin to comprehend all that you have made. It’s quite a gift to sit here and gaze at. Forgive me for all the times that I have taken the beauty of your creation for granted. I am thankful that you are such an artist.

You don’t have to look very far to see some of my best work. How far would I have to look? Do you have a mirror? Me, you’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not kidding. Mankind is the pinnacle of all my creation. You are more worthy to be looked at in wonder than anything else that you will ever see in the night sky. Now there’s a thought, to think in wonder, being looked at as something more spectacular than all the stars in the sky. You’re having a hard time taking that thought in aren’t you? 

Yes, when I consider the universe and the works of your hands I feel very small and insignificant. I imagine that I’m less than a speck of sand in the scale of your creation. Do you think maybe you’re not worth even noticing? Yes, I’ve thought that. Do you think that I might think about you just in passing, now and then? What would you think if I told you that you were on my mind all the time? I’d be speechless. My thoughts about you out number all the grains of sands on all the seashores. They can never be counted. Now that is really causing my head to spin. I need to hold on to something to stabilize myself. I thought you might. You can hold on to me because not only do I think about you all the time, I also care about all the intimate details of your life. I have my eyes on you. You are never out of my sight.

I thought it was a big deal to consider the beauty and vastness of your creation. Yes, it is. But, knowing that you, the creator of the entire universe, think and care about me just blows me away. I am a mess. I’m undone. Tears of joy fill my eyes. My heart aches to know that I am loved and accepted by you. My lips are filled with thanks and praise. My mind is caught up in wonder. My body has gone limp as I fall to my knees. You are my Father and my God. All glory and honor belongs to you. My life is in your hands. It will be my joy to do your will and to walk in your ways.

About that? Yes? I created you for a purpose. I have a plan for your life. I have work that I want you to do for me. I have made and designed you to bear fruit for my glory. Are you ready to begin? Yes Father, I am. Guide me to the work that you have given me to do for you.

Heavenly Father, the beauty of your creation is all around me. Often in the busyness of life I forget to take notice and take for granted all you have made. Thank you for the gift of your creation. Help me to take care of my part of it. Amen

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Teach Me Your Decrees

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - Psalm 119:9-16 - Teach Me Your Decrees - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Psalm 119:9-16 – Teach Me Your Decrees – Growing As Disciples

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)

My Word

What do you think of my word? It is my joy to hear your word. I rejoice in hearing you speak to me. I don’t want to miss out on anything that you have to say to me. Your word is more valuable to me than any treasure that this world has to offer. Your word guards and guides my life. How is my word guarding and guiding your life? Your word is changing my heart and transforming my mind. As I meditate on your word I am able to understand what you want to teach me. As I consider your word I am able to see how you want to train me. Your word helps me to know your will. Your word helps me to think your thoughts. Your word keeps me walking in your ways. I am listening to you and following your words. Yes, you are.

How does my word keep your way pure? There is a battle going on over my mind. The world and its’ evil desires has plenty that it wants to say to me. Without your word I would be defenseless against the evil that is in the world. I would think and act according to all that it has to say to me. Your word puts your thoughts and ways in my heart and mind. Your word stands against the words that are of this world. I want your word in my life. I hunger for your word. I delight in your word. Your word pushes the thoughts and words of this world out of my heart and mind. I can’t think two sets of words at one time. Either your word or the world’s words will rule my heart and my mind. Your word cleanses and scrubs the words from the world out of my heart and my mind. Hearing your word gives me a burning desire to live my life for you. I don’t want to stray. I don’t want to wander. I want to follow everything you are saying to me with your word. Yes, you do.

Will you continue in my word? Will you let my word dwell in you? I will meditate on your word. I will treasure your word. I will live my life according to your word. I will rejoice in your word. I will put your word into practice as I follow you. Yes, you will.

Lord, I will hide your word in my heart. Guard and guide my life with your word. I will meditate on your word so I can understand all you want to teach me. Thank you for the great riches I am receiving as I meet with you in your word. Amen

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