Splendor and Majesty

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. – (Psalm 96:6, HCSB)

He lives in the presence of glory and honor. His Temple is a place of power and beauty. – (Psalm 96:6, ERV)

Honor and majesty precede Him; strength and beauty infuse His holy sanctuary. – (Psalm 96:6, VOICE)

When I think of the splendor and majesty of God, I cannot help but look to the beauty and strength found in His creation. Currently, my Viking and I are on a little anniversary getaway in Westport, Washington. It is a coastal town that is known for its great fishing, and we have settled into a wooded oasis in our travel trailer. The lush green around us, and the sound of foghorns on the water nearby, all point to the creativity and power of God. I am so grateful for the reminders all around us, for if there is this much beauty and power here on earth, how much more in heaven in His presence? Amazingly, His Temple is no longer a structure that we have to go to in order to be in God’s presence. We are His Temple in which He dwells. That means that the power and beauty that made all things resides in all who invite Him in. For me, this is a reminder that our prayers are powerful, and that we are gaining glimpses of Him through all that His hands have made that surround us. May we ever seek Him and praise Him for all that He has made, and give thanks for how present and available He is within us.

The Lord is so great,

Worthy of all praise;

His strength and beauty,

And His loving ways.

His hands created,

All that we can see;

He dwells within us,

Leads purposefully.

Open our eyes Lord,

Remind us anew;

Of all that You are,

And all that You do.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are given glimpses of Your splendor and majesty, strength and beauty, through all that surrounds us. Thank You that we are the temple of Your Holy Spirit, so the same power that has created, cared, and covered us all can live within us. Forgive us for not recognizing the magnitude of Your majesty. Teach us to recognize the beauty and power in all that You have created, and show us how to appreciate and take in all that You have made. Show us how to love those around us in ways that honor You, for each of us has been created with a plan and a purpose. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we witness the glory of You in all that surrounds us and give You praise for who You are. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders? – Exodus 15:11

Housing the Holy Spirit

“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.  What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord.  Or where will my resting place be?” – Acts 7:49

photo by Jules@pancakesandfrenchfries.com

The God of all creation came near when He sent His Son to die in our place.  With Jesus, risen and seated at His right hand, the Holy Spirit is sent to dwell in all who believe.  Our heart is home to the Holy Spirit.  What kind of dwelling resides in each of us?

If my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, what sort of space am I to prepare?

Fortunately, He who dwells in us, does a far greater job to prepare and maintain His home, than we ever could.  Our job is to keep our hearts tender before Him, and allow Him access to all.  As we allow Him to take hold of our hearts, He prepares a place that becomes great, only by the grace of God.  When our eyes and hearts are toward Him, the clutter is removed and the courts are cleansed.  He washes us in His word and in worship, and provides peace and plans as we pray.

His home in our hearts is pleasing to Him, when we are willing to allow Him to be Master of our domain.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are not just a god out there, but You are God, who comes near.  Thank You that You dwell in us and remain as close as our every breath.  Forgive us for allowing ugliness and clutter to  come in, and please cleanse and remove all that is not meant to remain.  Build in us a space of beauty to behold, not that which is becoming to our physical eyes, but that which is blessed by You, our faithful Heavenly Father.  Lead us Lord to love like You, so many hearts may hear the hope that Your hands hold.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present