God is beautiful in every single way.
I’ve heard this all my life and I can remember being a small child singing in the children’s choir about how awesome God is. The God I sang about then may be the same God I worship now, but today I have a greater understanding of just how beautiful and magnificent He is.
He is perfect and yet in all His power, He is kind, gracious, and loving towards us. When I think of the goodness of who God is, it only makes me fall for Him a little bit more. While I may be in a season where I desperately long for more of Him, I know that my heart has not always been after God. See, the Lord our God knows every single thing about us, but yet, we are protected and favored. Despite our daily sins and inability to meet the mark of perfection, He doesn’t leave us. He stays near us. He lives within us.
Even when we are lost, it is only by His grace that we are able to find ourselves again.
It is only throughout Him that we can reach our full potential. Only His power is strong enough to turn a mistake into a testimony, a broken past to a ministry, and imperfection into a perfect mirror of redemption. He is just good, no question about it.
As we near the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us remember all that God has done. It is the perfect opportunity to sit and reflect on where we would be without Him. We ought to acknowledge and thank Him for every single display of His love and mercy we have experienced. While we may exchange gifts, let us not get so caught up in material things, but rather ensure that we truly celebrate the true gift of the season, the gift of salvation that Jesus gave us.
I believe that as our faith grows, God wants our perspective on who He is to evolve as well. It is my hope that as women of God, our relationship with our Savior would not become stagnant but always going to new heights. While distractions won’t ever be far away, let our desire to know Him overshadow our tendency to run from Him.
That little girl who sang in the choir didn’t yet grasp the wonders of God and I know with all my heart that I have yet to truly experience all of who God is. And so with each day, with each time we sit in His presence, and with each opportunity He reveals something new to us, let’s soak it all in. Let us learn to trust that He will always be our helper and redeemer.
It is is my hope that we wouldn’t forget how good He is when life tells us to believe otherwise. May we always hold on to the fact that God is good and perfect in all His ways for He is the King of Glory Himself.
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Words by: Georg Weissel
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!
Behold, the King of Glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Savior of the world is here.
Life and salvation He doth bring,
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing:
We praise Thee, Father, now,
Creator, wise art Thou!
A Helper just He comes to thee,
His chariot is humility,1
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress,
The end of all our woe He brings;
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings:
We praise Thee, Savior, now,
Mighty in deed art Thou!
O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!
The cloudless Sun of joy He is,
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss.
We praise Thee, Spirit, now,
Our Comforter art Thou!2
Fling wide the portals of your heart;
Make it a temple set apart
From earthly use for Heaven’s employ,
Adorned with prayer and love and joy.
So shall your Sovereign enter in
And new and nobler life begin.
To Thee, O God, be praise
For word and deed and grace!
Redeemer, come! I open wide
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide!
Let me Thy inner presence feel,
Thy grace and love in me reveal;
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
Until our glorious goal is won!
Eternal praise and fame
We offer to Thy name!
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