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The Universe And Me

The Universe And Me

02 October 2009

Scripture:

3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. 4 He counts the stars and calls them all by name. (Psalm 147:3-4 NLT)

This Psalm was written by someone whose name is forgotten by us but known to God and who once had an inspired thought that God valued enough to put in his Bible. I know that this insight speaks to me this morning. God is the creator of the universe who manages billions of stars and galaxies, but he is also our Father-Shepherd who keeps track of hurting people and comforts and heals them.

God is not an “either-or” God. He’s a “both-and” God. He’s both big enough to create and operate the universe and small enough to care about me when I’m hurting. He’s a God of both justice and mercy. He’s both tough on sin and compassionate toward sinners. He’s both a mighty warrior and a gentle shepherd. He’s both Almighty God and my Abba Father.

I’m glad God has a plan for the ages and also cares for me when I’m discouraged and wounded.

Will you stop with me for a moment and consider the God of the Universe who is also your Dad! My spirit rejoices and my soul is glad in you, my God and King – my Father!

Prayer:

Father, thanks for being a “both-and” God. I need to know you have things under control across the universe and I need to know you’re there when I feel beat up and discouraged. I love you because you are my Father and shepherd and I worship you because you are the holy and awesome King of the Universe. Amen.

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