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Bless the Lord

“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!”

Let this fact sink in for a moment: you’re going to live forever. Because of the hope of the gospel and because of your faith in Christ your soul will never die. Your day-to-day life is full of end dates, deadlines, and time constraints. Everything we know has a shelf life and an expiration date in this world and all of this is stacked against us when we set our hearts to worshipping an eternal God.

In the new life to come there will be a day when our sanctification is complete and we will worship Him as new creation sons and daughters. Our longing for that day leads us to echo wholeheartedly “Bless the Lord, oh my soul!”

“Father, You have set eternity in our hearts. Remind us that the temptations of immediate gratification in our culture pale in comparison to the eternal satisfaction of our souls. Awaken our hearts, enliven our imaginations, and lift our eyes to worship You as You will be worshipped forevermore. Amen.”

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Immeasurably More

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Most of us are well versed in airing our requests out before Jesus. We know how to petition and beg Him for the things we want and the things we believe we need but in all we ask Him to do on our behalf do we remember that He is able to do immeasurably more? How would it change our prayers if we believed He is able to do immeasurably more because He IS immeasurably more.

“Father in all that our hearts hope for and in all we aspire to today help us to accept abundance on Your terms. Humble us in the reminder that You are doing immeasurably more than what we are asking You for. Let us rest confidently in the faith that even now Your Spirit intercedes for us in ways we can’t express and in time Your love will unfurl before us in ways more beautiful and gracious than we could ever imagine. Amen.”