God of wonder

ATD 9The Word

“He counts the stars and calls them all by name.” Psalm 147:4

Thought

One morning I stepped outside the door of our home into the dark stillness of predawn and immediately my eyes were drawn upward to a stunning array of stars. The sky was unusually clear enabling the view of many more stars than most mornings. It was fantastic! I lifted my hands and audibly said, “Praise you Lord!” One of the advantages of country living is one does not alarm the neighbors with such an event.

Certainly the Psalmist David could remember many early morning experiences as a shepherd watching over his sheep. He could close his eyes and imagine the quietness and the first hint of morning light in the pastures and hillsides where as a younger man he once tended flocks of sheep. He knew what it was like to look heavenward and be dazzled by the creation of God’s starry heavens knowing God had not only spoken them into existence and knew their number, but additionally gave each one a name. David knew the sounds of the birds as they began to respond to morning’s first light signaling the beginning of a new day. Perhaps he remembered a time when a young fawn emerged from the place its mother had chosen for it to spend the night hours resting. David knew well mornings like the one I described, and he also knew God, His abilities, and praised Him for them.

For the lover of God, all creation is a wonder and display of His magnificent and absolute creative power. Though we cannot fully comprehend His vastness and abilities, we take pleasure and find peace in Him knowing He knows our name and cares about the details of our lives.

Prayer

I am humbled by and in Your presence this morning my Lord, King, and Savior. Who is like You? No one! You are magnificent and all You have made is a wonder to me and causes me to praise Your name. You are exalted, worthy of all praise, and I praise You. Thank You for Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, and for giving me genuine Zoe life to worship You forever. Amen.

“Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Isaiah 50:4