Father, the city and leaders and people of Tyre had every possible advantage to bring them a reputation in material and worldly success. Yet, they fell.
They took pride in their commerce and accomplishments and that pride kept them from worshipping You. They saw themselves as gods. And Your judgment fell on them.
Lord, do not let me think more highly of myself than I ought. Thank You for Your example of being a humble servant. As I try to follow Your example, if I ever think too much of myself, refocus me on Your greatness.
Psalm 111 reminds me that ”Great are the works of the Lord…glorious and majestic are His deeds.” When I ponder all of creation, I am amazed by Your imagination! I am captivated by the diversity in size and color and design! I am overwhelmed by the power of Your mountains and seas and winds.
I love seeing pictures of majestic waterfalls, lush green jungles with brightly colored birds, schools of shiny fish swimming in the sea, brilliant flowers, water-colored sunsets. All this is just a part of what You do.
Besides creating and sustaining all this, You have created the intricacies of each human body: from the tiniest of cells to the immense diversity of faces and fingerprints!
And not just bodies, but You know the mind and spirit of each individual on the planet. You’re indescribable – uncontainable – unfathomable! You blow my mind!
And a wondrous part of who You are is that You do not just set all this in motion and then sit back to see where it goes. You involve Yourself in the life of each of Your precious creations. You speak, protect, provide, lead, feed, forgive, save. And all that You do is just and right.
You have provided these later generations with Your written Word. It teaches Your truth and Your character so all can know You, and Your faithfulness, Your uprightness and Your salvation.
You say “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” The Hebrew word “yare” translated as “fear” here, is used in this sentence referring to a person in an exalted position: You. Thus, the meaning includes a reverence, a standing in awe, whereby the individual recognizes the power and position, and renders the proper respect.
Father, I acknowledge Your power, Your sovereignty; and give You all honor and praise! Let me continue to grow in wisdom.
How great and awesome You are! “To You belongs eternal praise.” Amen