When my anger flares up because someone offends me, maybe I could humble myself and remember that You, Lord, are God. No one and nothing, whether high or low or near or far or spiritual or physical, compares to You.
Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth, You are more powerful and glorious than 10 billion times 10 billion suns. I can’t imagine Your greatness. Teach me to fear You alone because You alone are the life-giving God. You poured Your infinite power and wisdom and love into the body of Jesus (Colossians 2:9)!
The person who offended me and I are mere human beings, while from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. I will quiet my soul and trust You to make things right in Your view and in Your time.
“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Proverbs 19:23 NIV)
In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul says that he prays for believers “16 that [God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (New King James Version)
Verse 20 is often quoted in assurance of God’s ability to answer some request. But I’m thinking it applies more to the context in verses 16-19 than I’ve really considered before. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above—
Strengthening our inner man through His Spirit
Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith
Rooting and grounding us in love so we can comprehend the extent of Christ’s love
Our knowing from experience His love (which is really beyond understanding)
Our being filled with all the fullness of God
These were the things Paul prayed for the Ephesians, and it’s a wonderful prayer for us followers of Christ to pray for one another. Paul is saying that all glory belongs to God because He can do all this by His power working in the believers, and He can do far more besides. Amen! Hallelujah!
God, You are King and Lord forever, entirely just and true, worthy of all fear and awe. Yet You are love. You call us into Your presence, made righteous by the blood of Jesus. You, Yourself, paid the dreadful price for us to be totally forgiven. Royalty infused with love! How great You are, eternal King!
You are almighty Creator. Nothing is too hard for You. You have made everything, and it is but the work of Your fingers! You are Lord over all, and still You are personal. You count the hairs on our heads. You invite us into intimate fellowship with You. Awesome power and personal care—infusion again! How great You are, mighty God!
Psalm 62:11-12 “…Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours….” New Living Translation