Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Pondering the excellencies of God renews our joy in the everyday moments.
Let's be honest, not every moment is one that is "instagram-worthy." In the same way, not every moment would we desire to go on our highlight reel of life. But, every moment is precisely a moment that we have the utterly blessed opportunity to glorify God.
In the toddler screaming tantrum? (That happened an hour ago, mind you.)
In the scrubbing of the pots and pans?
In the mundane and in the ordinary and in the glorious and in the exciting and in the routines, we, my brothers and sisters in Christ, can glorify God.
We can glorify and point and position our hearts, minds and souls to yearn for God in the mundane, to seek God in the ordinary, to praise Him in the glorious, to acknowledge Him in the excitement, and to know Him in our routines; and to practice each and every one of those in each and every other circumstance and in any circumstance unnamed.
We are created to worship God. We are created to know Him. We are created to be His image-bearers. And we are created to be in a beautiful community with Him.
He has graciously created us for so much good.
However, since our fallen creation isn't living in the perfect state that God so desires and that He is ever-presently and ever-powerfully redeeming in His perfect time- for we know that He will redeem His creation & has redeemed us through Jesus- we have the choice to glorify God in our lives or not.
When we choose to glorify God, we are submitting to His ultimate authority over us and His creation, and we are acknowledging that He is Lord. We can acknowledge this by giving Him space to move and be seen in our lives. We can talk with Him, we can marvel over His creation, we can offer thanks and praise and joy and our love.
Essentially, we ought to simply listen to God call to us in command and reassurance,
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
So, then, why don't we choose to glorify God? Perhaps we are so connected with virtually anyone that we don’t embrace our deep calling to be in connection with God? Do we even acknowledge what Jesus has done so that we may draw near to God? (I'm beyond guilty of this.) Do we fully understand that we have the Holy Spirit, as born-again Christians, living inside us and compelling us to draw closer to Jesus?
God, overcome us and remind us of who You are. May we sit in awe of the truth and the gravity of Him and may we perceive the holiness of our Most High God- HE REIGNS!
He reigns over our circumstances,
He reigns over our lives,
and He reigns over the little moments and the in-between.
Our God surely reigns!
Are we submitting to His authority and are we submitting ourselves to be still and know that He is God? Are we allowing our hearts to ponder the excellencies of God in any and all and every moment? Although we will never be able to perfectly do that 100% of the time this side of Heaven, we can be assured that God is delighted whenever we do. Let's find our joy in Him and the joy of His presence, goodness, and sustenance in everything everyday.
Seeing, acknowledging and praising Him in the ordinary, the mundane, and alike- in the glorious and the beauty around us can be a way, I feel, that we can more obediently and abundantly submit to Him as our Lord.
He is worthy to be glorified and His excellencies to be pondered.
Join me as I pray for further practical applications in how to do this daily. Jesus, meet us here.