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Meditations on Dust

The godly are the God-ward—and faced there, they know they are not like what they see. They are not righteous in all their ways; they are not naturally near to the truth; not able to save, able to endure, able to abound in a perfection of goodness and greatness, able to act with self-generated and -sustained power, able to count stars beyond stars, able to reduce rulers to naught or view earth and all therein from on high, with a glance, and weigh it as a piece of dust, a sliver of grass—as nothing.

Turned to Him, how little I like to feel small—to accept small. But that the nations are dust cannot reflect poorly on the Creator, as if finitude were evil. From above, He once called all of this terrestrial ball “good.” If my view to creation were as to the dust, one floating, sailing speck, it would leave my sight as soon as it entered. I might absorb it with the swipe of a rag-holding hand, no misgivings. Who are we that He is mindful of us? This is the kind of mystery in Scripture most perplexing. He decided to love—to set His image upon—miniscule; an amebic sphere contained the incarnation… Yet, not only size is involved—that is not the offense—but small became evil, hateful, proud. Dust acted like it was something. No wonder He laughs (Psalm 2:4). What if my creation were dust? How great is His love for us!

Being small, unable to generate power or increase my own strength, I am weak, fainting, weary, utterly falling, etcetera—list proceeding. And so I wait. I must wait—God-ward. The renewal of His people will certainly come, whether presently or eschatologically—hope will actualize into mounting up, running, and the overall-not-fainting. And we will be saved. But the weak must wait; I must wait. Otherwise, I become a workman who molds an image and realizes a carved abomination. When the weak attempt to generate greatness, we can never alone find a tree unable to rot or a project that is incapable of falling. One breath—one laughing exhale—and He levels the accomplishments of man. I am weak; so, if He does not act—does not heal, does not increase strength, does not give the insight, or the muscles or the words or the voice or the whatever it is I am wanting, I must be the waiting.

Lifted from the finite—waiting toward God sets me at the Word, breathed by inerrant breath. It is standing. And it will forever be—this book that the world contrives is infected with fantasies and tainted [instead of made holy] by hatred. It prevails—this book that I would doubt and despise in spiritual blindness if not for His Spirit. How great His grace! His Word stands; the blade of grass will soon not. What can man say against God’s flawless revelation? Nothing; he can sit beneath, remembering who still measures as you know what on the scales.

Only knowing I am nothing can I see that He upholds my spirit when I fall—preserving me to the end; only when bowed can I see how and in what manner I am raised up to know Him; only when I am hungry can I receive His timely food; only in want can I know the wonder of His Word. I want to be infinitely low,[1] and know His unfathomable grace; my voice to cry for help, and know His kind deliverance; my eyes to look upon Him with love, and see some of the unsearchable greatness and beyond-measure glory. He, He, He—the cause of all being held together, sustained every day. He—righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His words, full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy—He is good to all. What is the strength of my soul? His nearness, that I might receive all I can of who He is and what He gives, worshiping Him for both, for always. 

Three words emerge from the dust—wait, Word, and worship. Being one who is nothing before God, I must wait for Him—for His strength in my inner spirit, resting within the hiding place of His peace during temptations, while He unveils one next detail of His mind for me and mine. And before His Word—I receive there—the bread, the high, heavenly bread raining here, as upon the grass for prime collection. And in worship, whatever is done, accomplished, and gained—God alone is great. With that, dust contents itself as such and can move along glorying in God being God—and is now being swept up for all existence in Him.

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70 Prompts for Adoring God

I worship you, my God, because of who you are: 

  1. Eternal, immortal, and invisible, you alone are God (Psalm 90:1-2; 1 Timothy 1:17; Isaiah 45:5).

  2. You are Spirit (John 4:24). 

  3. You are living (Joshua 3:10).

  4. You are one able to create ex nihilo, or out of nothing (Hebrews 11:3), in six days, and resting on the seventh (Genesis 1).

  5. You are independent of all creation, and have life in and of yourself (John 5:24).

  6. You are known to all (Romans 1:19-20).

  7. As self-existent Yahweh, you are self-revealing to your people (Exodus 3:14-15).

  8. You are omnipresent, or everywhere, always (Psalm 139:7-12).

  9. You are omniscient, knowing everything (Proverbs 15:3).

  10. You are omnipotent, or all-powerful (Matthew 19:26; Hebrews 1:3). 

  11. You are omnisapient, or all-wise (Romans 16:27).

  12. You are sovereign (Ephesians 1:11, 20-21).

  13. You are one God in three Persons (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6).

  14. Each Person of the Trinity is fully and equally God; in appearance and outworking, the Father begets the Son (John 1:18), and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 14:26; 16:7).

  15. Jesus Christ was preexistent before the incarnation (John 6:38; John 17:5).

  16. Jesus Christ humbled himself (Philippians 2:5-7).

  17. Jesus Christ became incarnate in the flesh (John 1:14), conceived by the Holy Spirit without a human father and born from a virgin (Matthew 1:18). 

  18. Jesus Christ, with a human nature, experienced the weakness and growth that are a part of the human experience (Mark 2:15; 14:33; 15:34; Luke 2:40; 7:9). 

  19. Jesus Christ was tempted and overcame (Luke 4:2); with a divine nature, he could not sin. 

  20. Jesus Christ is God—the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and the one of whom deity is claimed (Luke 1:43; John 1:1; Matthew 22:44; Hebrews 1:10-12).

  21. Jesus Christ’s omnipotence is displayed through his miracles over nature (Matthew 8:26-27; Matthew 14:19; John 2:1-11). 

  22. Jesus Christ’s eternality is known through self-revealing statements (John 8:58; Revelation 22:13).

  23. Jesus Christ’s omniscience is displayed through perceiving hidden thoughts (Mark 2:8; John 1:48), and in knowing all things as attested to by his disciples (John 16:30).

  24. Jesus Christ is omnipresent, as seen in his claim to be with the disciples always (Matthew 28:20).

  25. Jesus Christ is sovereign, as demonstrated in his authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:5-7).

  26. Jesus Christ is worthy to be worshipped and adored (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 5:12).

  27. Though not relinquishing any divine attributes, Jesus Christ gave up the outward appearance and radiance of his glory in order to complete the mission of the Father (Philippians 2:7), using his divine attributes only as necessary for his mission and ministry, out of submission to the Father.

  28. Jesus Christ is one Person without separation, including two natures without confusion—human and divine—in hypostatic union (Hebrews 1:3). 

  29. The Person of the Holy Spirit has intellect, emotions, and will. With intelligence, he knows the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11); with emotions he can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and according to his will, he distributes spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11).

  30. The Holy Spirit is deity with omniscience (1 Corinthians 1:11-12), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7), and involvement in creation (Psalm 104:30); blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is blasphemy against God (Matthew 12:31-32).  

  31. Father, Son, and Spirit—one God—you are unity (Deuteronomy 6:4).

  32. You are Elohim, sovereign and transcendent over all the earth (Deuteronomy 2:30; 33; 3:22).

  33. As El-Shaddai, you are God Almighty, powerful and strong (Genesis 17:1). 

  34. As El Elyon, you are God Most High who reigns supreme (Genesis 21:33).

  35. As El Olam, you are God Everlasting and changeless forever (Genesis 21:33).

  36. As Yahweh Jireh, you are “The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14).

  37. As Yahweh Nissi, you are “The Lord Our Banner,” the victorious (Exodus 17:15).

  38. As Yahweh Shalom, you are “The Lord is Peace” (Judges 6:24). 

  39. As Yahweh Sabbaoth, you are “The Lord of Hosts,” the commander (1 Samuel 1:3). 

  40. As Yahweh Maccaddeshcem, you are “The Lord Thy Sanctifier” (Exodus 31:13). 

  41. As Yahweh Tsidkenu, you are “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6).

  42. The way you relate to your creation can be described by many images, like the image of Father (Matthew 6:26; 2 Corinthians 6:18; 1 John 3:1). 

  43. The image of Mother (Isaiah 66:13; Isaiah 49:15; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34).

  44. The image of Husband (Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:19; Revelation 21:1-7). 

  45. The image of Friend (John 15:12-15). 

  46. The image of Shepherd (Psalm 23; John 10:11)

  47. The image of Teacher (Psalm 32:8; Isaiah 48:17). 

  48. The image of Ruler (Psalm 103:19; 1 Timothy 6:15). 

  49. The image of Judge (Isaiah 33:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). 

  50. The image of Deliverer (Exodus 6:6; Matthew 1:21).

  51. And the image of Justifier (Romans 3:26). 

  52. You are a preserver of all you have made (Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:17).

  53. You are one who gives decrees that are all-encompassing, or inclusive of all creation (Ephesians 1:11).

  54. Your decrees are for your own glory (Psalm 19:1), and they are based upon your sovereign contentment (Daniel 4:35).

  55. Your decrees are best because they are based upon your infinite wisdom (Psalm 147:5; Psalm 104:24). 

  56. You are morally pure and set apart (Leviticus 11:44-45).

  57. You are holy (Revelation 4:8).

  58. You hate sin and are angered by it (Joshua 7:1). 

  59. You are perfectly wrathful (Romans 1:18; Nahum 1:2).

  60. You are compassionate (Psalm 103:13-14).

  61. You are patient (Romans 2:4).

  62. You are love (1 John 4:8, 16).

  63. You are good (Psalm 25:8).

  64. You are just (Genesis 18:25).

  65. You are righteous and gracious (Psalm 145:17).

  66. You are rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4).

  67. You are immanent, near and active (Jeremiah 23:23-24; Acts 17:27-28). 

  68. You are immutable, or unchangeable (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17). 

  69. You are true (Isaiah 65:16).

  70. You are the blessed and only King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15).

Help me to know you, to love you for who you are, and to value what you value, my God. 

Amen.

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70 Prompts for Praising God

A list of praise-worthy truths—to You, God:

  1. The world changes, but the Christian hope stays the same (Heb. 13:8).

  2. You are present to protect us—guiding us straight through this life to eternal joy (Ps. 16:11).

  3. Even before we fell, You had plans to lift us up in Christ (1 Pet. 1:20; Eph. 2:6).

  4. The sweat of blood, the cross, the bitter cup—You bore sin for us (Lk. 22:14; Matt. 20:22; 1 Pet. 2:24).

  5. Christ is not a shadow, but the true sacrifice (Heb. 10:1-18).

  6. As friends, Christ has let us in on future plans (Jn. 15:15).

  7. Death tears apart our bodies and souls, but You’ll put them together again; we know because of Christ’s resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20).

  8. We will share in His inheritance as glorified sons and daughters (Rom. 8:17).

  9. Satan will be destroyed with a breath (2 Thess. 2:8).

  10. Death itself is going to meet an irrevocable end; You have appointed the day (Rev. 20:14).

  11. You have fulfilled prophecy before and You surely will again (Acts 3:18).

  12. We reach the ends of ourselves and our insights, but your Word never stops pouring riches (Ps. 19:10).

  13. The Bible is true, so we are right to trust it all (2 Timothy 3:16).

  14. Your Word is like nourishing food to us (Matt. 4:4).

  15. When we stand upon Your Word, we stand upon what is forever and cannot be broken (1 Peter 1:25; John 10:35).

  16. You are bigger than our hearts; we do not have to be led by our feelings (1 Jn. 3:20).

  17. We struggle with motives, but You never do. Your plans are always pure (Ps. 18:30).

  18. With You, each day is new. Your forgiveness helps us to forget what’s best forgotten (Lam. 3:22-23).

  19. You will love us for eternity (Ps. 100:5).

  20. Loving You is possible; we were created for this (Phil. 2:13).

  21. One day, we will be sinless like You (Rev. 21:27).

  22. No discipline we receive from You is condemnation; our condemnation is no more (Rom. 8:1).

  23. The discipline we do receive is good; You are good (Prov. 3:12).

  24. We can never run far enough to be away from You, and You do not despise a contrite heart that repents (Ps. 139:8; Ps. 51:17).

  25. You are patient with us and slow to anger (Ps. 145:8).

  26. Even after every failure on this earth, in eternity, you’ll simply welcome us to enjoy (1 Thess. 5:9); You welcome us now (Lk. 7:48).

  27. We can resist temptation and find ourselves loving You more (1 Cor. 10:13).

  28. We never wake to a single day when You are not our Advocate before the Father (1 John 2:1).

  29. While we require an ever-expanding view of You, You knowingly and simply see all we think, feel, and do (Ps. 33:13).

  30. By fearing You, we can hate what is evil and align our hearts with Yours (Prov. 8:13).

  31. Your path is straight; we’ll never be misled (Prov. 3:6).

  32. In Christ, obedience is joy (Lk. 11:28).

  33. The boundaries You give us are just right—pleasant, freeing, and sweet (Ps. 16:6).

  34. You made us; You chose to create. You give us life and hold us together (Gen. 1:27; Col. 1:17).

  35. You are perfectly wise and just, even amidst vast complexities (Job 38-41).

  36. You are everlasting while this world and our lives are but a breath (Isa. 40:28; Ps. 39:5).

  37. We have kings, but You are King—with all power and authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).

  38. You are Head of Your church. You direct each one of us (Col. 1:18).

  39. No longer does a human priesthood intermediate; we are all a priesthood with access to Your throne through the God-Man, Christ (1 Pet. 2:5).

  40. You give us membership in the church, the church You love (Eph. 5:32).

  41. We, Your people, are one (Romans 12:5).

  42. Our brothers and sisters have faith that proclaims how good You are (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 1:8).

  43. You have granted us the high, worthy calling to contend for Your truth, given once for all (Jude 1:3).

  44. You give Your children different gifts; yet, You show no favoritism (1 Pet. 4:10; Acts 10:34).

  45. Our brothers’ and sisters’ gifts shine brightly for You (1 Cor. 12:4-5).

  46. Even if poor, Your children are rich (Rev. 2:9).

  47. The redeemed praise You together, with a single voice (Romans 15:6).

  48. You are faithful and able to establish the work we do for You, according to Your will (Ps. 90:17).

  49. We can be successful in Your eyes through faithfulness to keeping Your Word (Ecc. 12:13).

  50. You are our treasure, our great delight (Ps. 43:3).

  51. The Messiah, first promised in Genesis, has come (Gen. 3:14-15); the Spirit He promised does indwell (Jn. 14:15-31). We live in a precious time of history (1 Pet. 1:12).

  52. Your good news truly changes lives (Jn. 1:12).

  53. You know our needs; each need gives our hearts a deeper capacity for You (2 Cor. 12:9-10).

  54. In each one of our breaths and steps—whether taken in joyous celebration or amidst troubling sorrow—You hem us in behind and before (Ps. 139:5).

  55. Prayer matters; we are invited it, to You (Lk. 11:1-4)

  56. When we know You are near, even if we cannot feel You experientially, we cannot be lonely (Ps. 16:8).

  57. We do not mourn as those without hope on this earth (1 Thess. 4:13).  

  58. The depths of Your glory that we will experience in the future will incomparably outweigh the depths of our present sorrows (2 Cor. 4:17); Your glory is wonderful.

  59. You understand (Heb. 4:15).

  60. Today’s perseverance and endurance—even if no one else sees them—are remembered by You (Rev. 2-3).

  61. We are weak, but You are strong (Ps. 147:5).

  62. We worship the same God as Abraham, Esther, Deborah, David, Moses, Paul, and John.

  63. Nothing stretches or reaches beyond You; we cannot take a step outside of Your sovereignty (Ps. 115:3).

  64. All people will bow; Your glory will be fully seen (Phil. 2:10; Rev. 1:7).

  65. You give us permission to crave Your quick coming (Rev. 22:21).

  66. When we delight in You and want You, You never fail to give us what we want (Ps. 37:4).

  67. You are going to dwell with us on a new earth; You Yourself will be with us and be our God (Rev. 21:3).

  68. Your Kingdom will know no end (Lk. 1:33).

  69. You take no pleasure in the deaths of those who die without repenting (1 Tim. 2:4; Ezek. 18:23).

  70. Those who do not know You still have the opportunity to repent and believe (2 Pet. 3:9).

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” Ps. 71:8

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