Boast In The Lord January 3rd, 2023

Revelation 4:8,11
 “Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”  “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

I love these verses, and lately they have been a prayer that is deeply rooted in my heart. 
How amazing is our God, that the elders and creatures sing this praise 24/7. For us, this is not a praise sung only in good moments or in moments when we are desperate, but one that we must declare all the time.

Our God is Holy. He is set apart and He deserves all the honor, all the glory just because He is. He is everything. He created us to worship and dwell in this deep intimate relationship with Him. 
There have been times in my faith that I only focused on the “friend” part of God. I hyper-focused that God loves me and that He is my friend, so that in many ways I only treated Him like a friend. I became too casual with God in that I lost focus on the holiness and reverence of our Lord.

Total praise is not only honoring and glorifying to God, but it is humbling for us. To acknowledge God as set apart and worthy of praise, always reveals to me that who I am on my own is not enough and needs something much greater than myself. This is the beauty of our God. 
God is the Creator of all things and is omnipotent yet He desires our hearts. The least we can do is give Him the honor and praise He deserves. And when we do this it brings joy and peace like no other. When I actually stop, become present with God, and declare these things to God, it feels like I’m in another dimension. My Spirit is filled and I feel more alive than ever! 

Father, You are Holy. Holy is your name. The One who was, and is, and is to come! You love us so deeply and you deserve to be honored and praised. Thank you for loving us so deeply that you sent your Son to take our place so that we can live in eternal freedom with you! Help us not get too comfortable and keep us in a posture of being close to you like a friend but also never forget that you are so very Holy. Thank you for being The God Almighty, while also desiring deeply to know us. You are worthy of our praise. You are so good. We thank you and love you. Amen.


Bethany Panza

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