I’m not sure the depth of my worship can ever match the height of God’s extravagant grace to me. But I’m working on it. After all, he is worthy of all glory and honor. I find encouraging examples of worship in the scriptures. Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave thanks and praise in this way: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has remembered the humble condition of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, because the mighty has done great things for me, holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49
Interestingly, when I dare to try to bless the Lord with my feeble expressions of thanks and praise, I find my own heart is encouraged. Psalm 89:15 explains it this way: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long, they celebrate your righteousness. Because you are their glory. and strength.
God is big. God is good. And God is love. He is the father of all who call on the name of his son, Jesus. These truths provide us with an unshakable foundation of security. Troubles will come, storms will arise, but these situations give us the opportunity to learn tenacity. As children of God, we are committed to following Jesus; live and love like him. We believed by accepting the son of God and we will never perish. We have been safe in the one whose life was given as a ransom to deliver us from the realm of darkness. We are now planted in his great and eternal realm of light and life.
When we consider the extravagance of God’s love towards us, we discover his extreme generosity in giving us his son. We didn’t treat Jesus very well and eventually crucified him. We accused and sentenced him when the only thing he was guilty of was telling the truth. What prompted God to seemingly, recklessly, and radically send his beloved son to be the ransom for our sins? It was for the family. God wants each of us to be in his family.
We read in the book of Romans, chapter 10, that the Lord makes no distinction between the nations, he is the lord of us all and he generously bestows his riches on all who call on him in faith. A pastor put it this way: “Christ is for all nations, he belongs to all nations!
In the first chapter of John three, we are invited to see the extreme quality of the love that the heavenly father has given or bestowed upon us, “that we have been permitted to be named and reckoned as children of God. .and that’s how we are!”
From his eternal dwelling, the Lord expresses his heart of love to us in a constant and unlimited generosity. His holy word confirms that “every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the father of lights”. (James 1:17) Therefore, he is truly worthy of all our thanks and praise!
Barbara Brown is a member of the Lighthouse Church ministry team.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.