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Psalm 96: 10-13 ” Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”

The Lord reigns over all, and one day He will return to judge the world with justice. (Acts 17:31)  And it tells us here that heaven and earth, the sea and fields… even the trees will rejoice at His coming.  But they all may be singing already, for in Psalm 65:9 it says, “You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly.” And because of God’s wonderful care for the earth, starting in verse 13 of Chapter 65, it says the grasslands of the desert overflow, the hills are clothed with gladness, the meadows are covered with flocks, the valleys are mantled with grain, and they all shout for joy and sing.  So just imagine, every crash of waves on the shore, every rustle of leaves or ripe grain in the field could be the earth’s way of praising God…we just don’t know the song.

Psalm 89:6 ” For Who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?”

As God expressed in Exodus 9:14, “There is no one like Me in all the earth.”  God is just that…incomparable, and matchless to anyone or thing we can imagine here on earth.  He is transcendent and beyond what our paltry human minds can contrive.  Look up into the sky today…take in the sheer vastness of it…now ponder, that’s just a tiny bit of God.

Hebrews 3:4 ” For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

We’ve spent several days constructing a retaining wall in the back yard…and I don’t mind saying that strenuous manual labor in the oppressive heat of a Illinois Summer is hard!  But now that it’s done, it was well worth all the sweat.  Genesis 1:1 tells us that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”   Where we had cement pavers to build with,  God called the universe into being…creating everything we see, smell, and hear out of nothing.  For He is the author and architect of it all…bringing into existence that which was not.

Psalm 102: 26-27 “They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them and they will be discarded. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”

We live in a very disposable world.  There is nothing we own that will last forever…everything will eventually  be thrown away.  But as the Psalmist proclaims here, there is one thing that will last forever…and His name is the Lord Almighty.  For God’s reign is everlasting.  His throne is firmly  established in justice,  and He will reign without ceasing…for eternity.

Psalm 40:5 ” Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

I think when I get to Heaven, the Lord will show me a little slide show.  The theme will be – all the countless times He has intervened on my behalf,  saving me from  dangerous situations, and even sparing my life.  I don’t think our mind can even grasp how often God has rescued  us from ourselves and our dumb thinking.  When that slide show is over, I will then finally come to realize the enormity of His work in my life…how unaware I was about most of it…and I will love Him even more.

Mark 10:15 ” I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

In a toddler’s mind,  all things are pretty simple…their priorities are food, sleep, and play.  They trust at face value… always looking for the good in things.  So as an adult,  why can’t we do the same thing when it comes to the Gospel Message?  Why can’t we readily accept and embrace the Kingdom of God and everything that goes with it? It’s sadly because the World has clouded and distorted our perception.  The Gospel Message doesn’t need to be over-thought…there’s no hidden agenda or bait and switch tactics involved.  You get what you see with God and His Word…for He is trustworthy and true, and His promises will never fail.

Leviticus 26:1 ” Do not make idols or setup an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.”

Modern day idols can take the form of many things.  They may be people, possessions, locations or life-styles…anything that takes its place above God.  Our graven image may be  pride and self-importance.  Or it may be bowing down to our collection of belongings…those babbles, toys, and things we amass and hoard just to say we have them.  Anytime we put or trust and affections in anything other than God we’re headed down the wrong path.