When was the last time you stopped to dwell on the goodness of the Lord?
Think about it.
So many times, when we pray and offer up supplication to God, it is about us. We pray about our families, our friends, our circumstances, and our world because these are the things that consume our thoughts day and night.
This morning, I read Psalm 89, and it made me shift my focus.
It is no secret that a lot is going on in our world right now. There is division, there is hatred, and there is sickness. What is happening all around us is confusing and chaotic.
In an environment like this, it is hard not to allow ourselves to be consumed with our situation and the situations of those we love.
However, I have a challenge that can move us from worry to worship if we shift our mindset. There’s one word that came to my mind as I read Scripture this morning:
The first part of Psalm 89 is filled with wonder. The psalmist makes declarations about who God is and describes His goodness, faithfulness, and steadfast love.
“O LORD God of hosts,
Who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
With your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging sea;
When its waves rise, you still then.”
~ Psalm 89:8–9 ESV
He is mighty and faithful. He is the ruler of the raging sea, the One who calms the wind and the waves.
The psalmist goes on to say:
“You have a mighty arm;
Strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
Steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”
~ Psalm 89:13–14 ESV
He is mighty, strong, abounding in steadfast love. The foundation of His throne is righteousness and justice.
There’s something about these words that bring perspective.
You see, when we remember who God is and declare His attributes in praise to Him, the problems of this world become so small in comparison.
I believe some of us have lost our wonder. We have looked to other things to answer the problems of life, and we have allowed ourselves to worry instead of worship.
I pray today that you turn your face back to Jesus. I pray that you remember who He is; His steadfast love, His faithfulness, His strong, mighty hand.
Look to Him and remember that the God of Wonders is so much bigger than our situation.
In the words of the classic hymn,
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.”