I came across the coolest verse this morning. (Actually, I must have come across it a while ago because it’s underlined, but anyway…) I read it. Then I read it again. Then I smiled. Take a look:
O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago. (Isaiah 25:1)
There are a few things about this verse that made me smile:
- O Lord, You are my God: He’s my God. He’s not some far-off, uninvolved diety. He is my loving, caring, comforting, healing, redeeming, personal God.
- I will…praise Your Name: This phrase brings to mind the lines, “Your Name is a strong and mighty tower. Your Name is a shelter like no other. Nothing has the power to save, but Your Name.” There is no other name in history that means as much as that of Jesus Christ. His is the name that makes kings bow and demons tremble. His is the name that brings comfort to the hurting and strength to the weak. The name of Jesus levels the playing field, making every single person equal and some day, every single person will call out His name.
- In Your perfect faithfulness: He never fails. He never breaks a promise. He always comes through for us. He always does exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
- You have done marvelous things…planned long ago: Before the creation of the world, God knew what today would be like for you and for me. He knew exactly what time you would get up (and whether that rising was peaceful or forced by a screaming child). He knows every detail of this day and He planned each one out long ago. Knowing that should give us an attitude of anticipation instead of dread. We should be thankful for everything that happens, even when it’s not what we want. Why? Because everything God does is good. Everything God does has a purpose. And even when the dishwasher breaks or the alarm clock doesn’t go off or the baby is sick, it’s all been seen beforehand by God and He allows all of it for His purposes. Look for Him today in the things that don’t go as planned. Perhaps there’s something He wants you to learn…
There are so many nuggets of truth about God in just this one verse. Imagine how many other truth-packed verses the Bible holds! Sometimes they jump out at us. Sometimes they’re verses we’ve read over and over again and suddenly find fresh truth. Sometimes they’re verses we’ve always skimmed over (or they’re in a book we avoid). Wherever they’re hiding, God knows exactly when we’ll see them and He’s waiting for that day because on that day, we will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. And He planned that day a long time ago.
Is there a verse that you recently found new truth or beauty in? What’s your favorite truth about God today?