“Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” –Psalm 8:1a
Yesterday morning I was taking a walk around our neighborhood with my dad. The air was crisp and fresh, and as we looked up we saw swirly clouds surrounding snow-tipped mountains. It was a breathtaking sight and reminded me of the beginning lines of Psalm 8 (quoted above). God truly reveals his goodness and majesty in so many ways around us! This blog post is dedicated to pinpointing a handful of the ways I’ve seen God’s goodness and majesty displayed.
First off, God displays his majesty in his creation.
I mean, how amazing is God’s handiwork? He creates the very colors we see and enjoy each day. The next time we step outdoors, let’s take a look around us and give thanks to the One who formed it all.
Second, I see God’s goodness through the laughter & smiles of the people he made.
People are fantastic. And when they smile, laugh, and connect with each other, it reflects the Lord’s joy in and connection with each one of us.
We see God’s love first and foremost through His sacrifice.
I certainly can’t summarize our King’s sacrifice in words, but he gave more than we can comprehend for us. He sacrificed his only Son so that we could have eternal access to his presence and care. If that doesn’t reveal majesty and love, I don’t know what does.
Finally, God shows us glimmers of his goodness through those moments in life that bring joy.
Maybe it’s having some ice cream with a sweet friend, discovering that your history textbook is small so it looks less intimidating ;), or getting to spend part of an afternoon enjoying your favorite spot (mine’s obviously the bookstore). Whatever good things make your heart smile are good gifts from our Lord–he gave you the ability to enjoy those things in the first place! As James 1:17 reminds us, “ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Now please don’t get me wrong–I’m certainly not saying that once you follow Jesus everything is happy. Christ-followers are guaranteed tough times. I believe that God works and brings beauty in the horrible situations as well as in the pleasant ones. But for today, I wanted to take a step back and focus on a few of the joys God puts in our lives. As we see smiles, laughter, family, friends, a stunning sky, flowers, books, etc. around us, let’s remember Who to thank for His goodness and grace. He delights in us (see Zephaniah 3:17), so let’s delight in him and in his good gifts today!
🙂 Happy Wednesday, my friends!