Early yesterday evening, I was out on the bay with my daughter. Close beside us, a dolphin glided up, over the water and then slid back down with what sounded like a sigh. He repeated this half a dozen more times and we were left breathless. The moment gave us a glimpse into a world that is mysterious and foreign to us. It filled us with a sense of wonder at the beauty of our Creator. Today, I read David’s words of praise and make his song my own.
Praise be to you, O Lord,
God of our father Israel
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and in earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
I read today’s passage in the latter part of John 11. The very Son of God, the Creator who has given me my very form and breath becomes a marked man, the target of all the smallness and evil that exists in the heart of man. Who is this God that I serve? The very one who set the stars in the sky and fills the earth and its waters with wonders took the form of man and became despised and rejected on my behalf. God bowed down low to save me. The beauty of it all takes my breath away. I long for God to make my life one filled with gratitude to Him for who He is and what He has done.