We have spent the last week covering our need for prayer, strength to overcome temptation and true spiritual insight, but today we are going to focus on the greatness of God.
Today's Devotional Scripture
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
(Psalm 145:4-6, New American Standard Bible)
From Generation to Generation
It has been and should be the responsibility of each generation of Christians to proclaim and praise the mighty works of God. This principle is found first in Deuteronomy 6:1-7, as Moses gives instructions to God's chosen people:
"These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
I want you to try a little exercise. Read the passage from Deuteronomy again and count the number of times "you" and "your" appear in these seven verses.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the presentation of Christ's message that we fail to adequately acknowledge the greatness of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. We need to remember that the Old Testament is constructed to set up the arrival and ministry of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Heals and Teaches
One of my favorite stories about God's greatness appears in Luke 8. Jesus heals a man possessed by demons.
Take a look at what verses 38 and 39 say: "But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him (Jesus) that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 'Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.' So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him."
It is an example of how Jesus wants to call attention to His ministry and, more importantly, the greatness of God. It is one of the themes in His final prayer before He is arrested. I urge you to sit down and read the words of Jesus in John 17:6-28 and see how desperately the Lord wants us to testify about the redemptive power and glory of the Father and the Son.
Three verses from Jesus that help me focus on the importance of our mission are found in John 14:7-9. "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you," says Jesus. "This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."
Remain in God's love and don't pass up an opportunity to tell your children, your children's children and others about the greatness of God and what Jesus has done for you.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your mighty words and actions. I also thank you for saving me and loving me through your Son and my Savior Jesus. Help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading as I share your message with others. Let my life produce fruitful results for your glory. Amen.
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