Giving Thanks: And We Matter to God

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s take time to reflect in between early shopping,volunteering at the soup kitchen,watching football or second helpings- and let’s notice evidences of God’s awesomeness.

Here’s an ancient Song of Praise and Thanksgiving that we can still “sing” today:

O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth;Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies.

From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed power to stop Your adversaries and quash those who seek revenge.

When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation— on the moon, stars, and all You have made,

I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals— sons and daughters of men— specks of dust floating about the cosmos.

But You placed the son of man just beneath God and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor.

You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands, to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination; You placed everything on earth beneath his feet:

All kinds of domesticated animals, even the wild animals in the fields and forests,

The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans.

O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.

~King David, Psalm 8 1

You matter to God. What other encouraging message(s) do you see in this Psalm?

My puny power versus God’s awesome power (Prayer Guide)

March 10, 2010

“There are certain conditions upon which we may expect that God will hear and answer our prayers. One of the first of these is that we feel our need of help from Him.”(from Steps to Christ, Chapter 10)

1. A Desire to be infinite and powerful…me?!

Do I desire to grant everyone’s wishes?
Do I believe that “if something is going to be done right, I will have to do it myself?
Do I expect myself to always have the answers to questions (about God. life, work…ect?)
Do I set unrealistic goals for myself in a day, week, year, etc?
Do I feel the need to control or tell people how they should live or who they should be?

2. The truth: I have limitations

I cannot grant everyone’s wishes.
I will have to depend upon others to accomplish certain tasks.
I have limited knowledge, and I am prone to forget things that I have learned.
I will frequently not accomplish ALL the goals I have set before myself in a day, week, year, ect.

3. What is my reaction to recognizing my limitation or helplessness before God? (Share with one another)

Do I attempt to make a new plan to ensure I will prevail?
Do I attempt to move on to something else that I know I can succeed at?
Do I fabricate an answer to a question in order to maintain the appearance that I am all-knowing?
Do I simply give up the task or dream?

4. What driving emotion do you have behind these reactions and facing your helplessness? (Share with one another)

Do I experience deep anger__, fear___, sadness___ other___when faced with my limitations?

Take the time to acknowledge God’s infinite and powerful nature.

Sometime tonight, reflect on the words found in Job, chapter 38.

Let’s Pray:
“Lord, I need you. I am helpless and have limitations and I am dependent on you Lord. I am finite. and you are infinite. Your strength is perfect. It is in You that I find strength to keep going.”

Praying for your joy…and hope for the journey:)
-Pastor Sabine

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