The reading for today is Psalm 104:31(NIV)
“31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—"
I reread this verse several times because I know the glory of the Lord endures forever…so the word “may” seems unneeded. God knew His creation was good (see Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 25) and His son has been glorified throughout eternity. This was shown when He was lifted up on the cross at His crucifixion. He will be victorious over sin and death to reign with the Father in heaven for all of eternity. Maybe the “may” refers to us. We should give glory to the Lord for all He has done - it is not only right, but should spring forth from us as worship, praise, thanksgiving and adoration. The psalmist uses the word “forever” – for God’s reign is for eternity. His infinite power and majesty should garner our praise and glory now and always. The apostle Paul, urges, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Francis Jane Crosby, a prolific poet and composer, wrote more than 9,000 hymns throughout her life even though she was totally blind. Her hymn, Thou Mighty to Save, is a testament to God’s glory and might.
Thou Mighty To Save
O Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, Who gavest Thy life for me,
No room in my heart for pleasures, That have not their trust in Thee;
Earth has no abiding city, Not here is my place of rest,
I seek for a brighter country, A home with the pure and blest.
The world like a dream will vanish, The hope like the years decay,
Its beauties like dewy blossoms, Will wither and pass away;
But Thou wilt abide unchanging, My sure defense wilt be;
O Jesus my Lord and Saviour, I'm trusting alone in Thee.
O what are the toils and labors, The crosses that now I bear.
Compared with the crown immortal, Laid up for my soul to wear?
'Twill matter to me but little, What conflicts I have passed,
When, after the strife is ended, I rest at Thy feet at last.
And O, when my course is finished, And victor's palm I wave,
To Thee will I give the glory, O Thou, who art mighty to save,
To Thee will I give the glory, O Thou, who art mighty to save.
Dear God, Thank you for your tender mercy and care. Amen
Prayer Concern: For those facing persecution for their beliefs. Amen