I have had the privilege this summer of visiting the ocean and the mountains - two of my favorite places. I wrote earlier in the summer about our trip to the beach. A few weeks ago after moving our daughter to Oklahoma City, some dear friends offered to pick us up there and drive us to their mountain cabin in Lake City, Colorado for a week of rest and enjoying special friends.
I’m back in the valley now - or more accurately the “swamplands of Louisiana”, but my mind keeps going back to those mountains. The Lord has always ministered to my heart in powerful ways in the majesty of His mountains. I found myself throughout the week “still in His presence” and in awe of the wonder of this incredible God we serve.
How can it be that the same God whose love carved out the mountain peaks and paints rainbows in the sky loves me and calls me by name?
Great are the works of the LORD;
they are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work,
and His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
Psalm 111: 2-4
I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:13 ESV
My Words are few today. The visions He gave me during our vacation week filled my mind with His Words. I am still pondering the glory of my Creator even as I wrestle with the mire of returning to the “real world.” So I thought that this week I’d share some of the marvels I saw and the Scriptures that came to mind as my eyes and heart were renewed with new perspective on the greatness of our God.
I pray that it will bless you, be a feast for your eyes and encourage you to “Be Still in His presence” wherever He has placed you today and worship our Savior and King who reigns in the heavens.
which You have ordained;
what is man that You take thought of him,
and the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
and You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name
in all the earth!
For the LORD is a great God and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth,
the peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
On our last night as we drove into town for dinner, God blessed us again with three deer grazing on the side of the road.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:1-2 NIV
painted across the heavens!
This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you,
and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
I set My rainbow in the cloud,
and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me
and the earth.
It shall be,
when I bring a cloud over the earth,
that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you
and every living creature of all flesh;
the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (NKJV).
We learn from Revelation and Ezekial that the Rainbow is also a symbol of Christ,
His grace and truth, reconciliation with man, and peace.
How like the Father to remind me of His covenant promise and faithfulness
as we prepared to return home!
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Ask the Savior to open your eyes today
with a new perspective on His character.
Behold the wonders of your Creator.
How great is our God!
and worship the majesty
and glory of His name!
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Blessed, grateful, humbled and in awe of the power of His majesty
and the depth of His love and grace,
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