“Blogger Betty” is a special friend of me, and of many others in the blog world. God has been very faithful to me by putting people, such as Betty in my life, to encourage me and to give me fresh ideas. Recently, Betty posted one of her “Verses Of The Day” that triggered additional scriptures and thoughts in my mind. A key word of the scripture passage that Betty chose was the word, “imagine,” as we see it written below:
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. — Ephesians 3:20-21 (New International Version).
When we consider God in the word “imagine,” we can see that He is able to more than we can “ever” imagine. That includes all that we have imagined, do imagine, will imagine, may imagine, may not imagine, or may never “imagine to imagine.”
One of the scriptures that came to my mind is Psalm 103:19. The key word that came to me from that passage is the word, “all.” Consider the words of that Psalm, as it is shown below:
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
When we consider God in the word “all,” we can see that “all” is everything that is not God. As it relates to the five senses, “sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch,” God is sovereign over “all’ of them. Let’s consider the sense of “sight.” “All” is everything that we see, have seen, may see, will see, may never see, and will not see. “All” is everything that is physical, mental, and spiritual. It is “all” that is natural or made by human beings. “All” is everything that is thought, has been thought, may be thought, will be thought or may never be thought. “All” includes Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God is sovereign over all trees, mountains, rivers, streams, oceans, hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, snow storms and all of what some people call “Mother Nature.” Here is a hint: “There is no “Mother Nature!” God is sovereign over all of mankind’s total being which consists of “spirit, soul, and body,” as we read it in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Confusion can enter our minds when things happen in the world that don’t seem to make sense. We can cite things like hurricanes, etc, that fit into that category. But, whenever, we can’t figure out the “whys” of such types of disasters, and other things that defy logic, God’s Word provides understanding, as we find in the following scriptures.
1 John 4:8 (New American Standard Bible) “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
Because God is sovereign over “all,” the love of God is present and active in “all,” as we see written in the following verse of scripture.
Romans 8:28 (New American Standard Bible) “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Note: The Reformation Study Bible. “according to his purpose.” The purpose of God guarantees “good” for His people. For them this is not necessarily ease and quiet, but being like Christ (vv. 17–23, 29). God’s providence rules in such a way as to ensure everything that happens to us is working for our ultimate good.
Let us consider the thoughts that are written by the psalmist, as they relate to the praise by “all” to God.
Psalm 145:3 (New American Standard Bible). “Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.”
Note: The Reformation Study Bible. “unsearchable.” God’s power and might are so great that finite human minds are unable to comprehend them fully. This verse teaches the doctrine of the incomprehensibility of God. People can have a true understanding of God, but never a complete or exhaustive one.
Psalm 150:6 (King James Bible). “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
Note: The Reformation Study Bible. “everything that has breath.” See Gen. 2:7. Life is represented in the breath. The breath is also the means of speech, for prayer, and for praise
Genesis 2:7 (New American Standard Bible). “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Note: The Reformation Study Bible. “breathed.” This figure represents the Spirit’s creative activity (Ps. 104:30; Ezek. 37:1–10, 14).
Note: The Reformation Study Bible. “living creature.” The Hebrew here does not say “a living being became man”—man is not formed from preexistent life. Man is differentiated from the animals by bearing the image of God (1:26 and notes), and he shows his authority over the animals by naming them (vv. 19, 20).
Consider the following words that the psalmist uses to show that “all” praise the Lord.
Psalm 148:7-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Let us enter into a time of worship as we are led by Paul Wilbur and his worship and praise team.
Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall – Lord I Worship You