I Love Where Your Glory Dwells

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Reading the Word

Psalm 26:6–12 (ESV)

6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, 7 proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. 8 O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. 9 Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, 10 in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12 My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

Understanding and Applying the Word

In the second half of this psalm, David again appeals to his integrity (v. 11) and his innocence before God. He uses them as the basis for his plea towards God to not sweep him away with sinners and bloodthirsty men.

As we come to this psalm we see the close connection between love for the Lord and his glory and our personal conduct. The two go hand in hand. When our hearts are fixed on God it changes the direction of our lives. We change our actions, not because we must, but because we desire to out of love. Our actions become our worship of the God we love and we long to bless him.

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The Heavens Declare

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Reading the Word

Psalm 19:1–6 (ESV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Understanding and Applying the Word

The psalmist tells us that the world around us shows us how wonderful God is. When we look at the night sky we see how vast the universe is. The number of stars visible to even the naked eye is astounding. Also, when we consider the orderliness of all we see we come to a realization of how great and awesome the God behind it all must be.

There is no escaping God’s glory. It is all around us. His beauty, his power, and his care are evident in his creation. Let us take time to look around and stand amazed at the One who made it and watches over it. He is an awesome God!

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How Majestic Is Your Name

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Psalm 8:1–9 (ESV)

1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Understanding and Applying the Word

The majesty of God. Have you ever paused to think about it? How awesome he is! The eternal One. The Creator of all things and the one who sustains each breath we take. The universe is vast and unsearchable, yet he knows every speck of dust on every planet and star. Wow!

So, why does God care about us so much? Why are we so important that he sent his Son to redeem us? What is man that God is mindful of him?

Mankind is created in the image of God and has been given the privilege of overseeing God’s good creation. May we remember the great privilege that is ours and may we exercise it in such a way that it glorifies the majestic God who made us.

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