Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Prayer

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3).

Jesus, the truths contained in Hebrews 1:3 are truly awe-inspiring and breath-taking. To think that you, in fact, created the sky and trees and lakes and animals and people we see everyday and all around us. That you are, in fact, the radiance of the Father’s glory, and that your glory is on display in the creation around us, the Word before us, and the Spirit within us. That you are, in fact, the exact imprint of the Father’s being and that to behold you is therefore to behold him. That because of this truth, your glory is not deceiving but in fact leads us in the way of life and light and mercy and glory. That you literally, uphold everything we see in life, both around and in us, by the word of your power. Our hearts beat, our blood flows, our eyes see, our ears hear, our mouths taste, our fingers feel, our legs walk, our minds think, our hearts worship you by grace. Indeed, in you the peoples of the earth live and move and have their being—all because you have decreed these things and you have the power to effect what you decree.

Skies inspire, stars shine, clouds move, thunder rolls, lightening strikes, snow falls, oceans roar, rivers flow, mountains tower, trees grow, lakes glisten, color abounds and inspires, dolphins swim and even fly, all manner of fish team in the sea, cheetahs run with break-neck speed, giraffes roam the plains with heads held high, elephants stomp and shake the earth, zebras confuse and confound with stripes, lions rule as king of the jungle, nations rise and nations fall, leaders come and leaders go, athletes run and jump and inspire, artists reflect and admire and paint, philosophers muse on meaning and purpose, teachers mold the lives of the young, architects dream, builders build, painters paint, diggers dig, lovers love, children play—all because you have decreed these things and you have the power to effect what you decree.

Who can possibly offer worship fitting for such a one as this? It is no wonder that the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders and the myriads upon myriads of angels and all living things will worship you forever and ever saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

Oh Jesus, all that’s been mentioned is but a drop in the bucket of what you decree and uphold every moment of every day. I’ve not even mentioned angels and demons and principalities and powers; or the cross and your suffering and humility and obedience; or the miraculous beauty of salvation and sanctification and healing and empowerment for effective service in the Kingdom of God; or the beauty and glory of your Bride and her mission in the world; or one-billion other things that you uphold by the word of your power every moment of every day!

This is Jesus! Worship him, you his angels and creatures and sinners made saints! Worship him all tribes and tongues and nations! Roar and shout and clap in praise, bow and be still and gasp in awe, behold and wonder and be transformed—worship him! Let everything that has breath, worship the Lord!

Amen.

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