January 13, 2016

Worthy of Glory, Honor, and Power

Revelation 4

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

—  Revelation 4:11

God isn’t only our Creator; he is also the Sustainer of our being. God is faithfully involved in keeping everything going that he started in the beginning.

Some of us were raised in a family with parents who cared for us every day. Our mother may have done the laundry, made the meals, read stories to us, and tucked us in at night. Our father may have assisted in those tasks, and together they guided us through the confusing changes of adolescence and upheld the family as a loving team. How worthy of praise they are, and how blessed by God.

Some families may not have had the same experiences. But still they have enjoyed blessing, as Psalm 68:5 indicates, for God is “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.”

Recently a new type of literature for young people has appeared, putting ancient mythical gods in a modern setting. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, for example, tells of Perseus, whose father, Poseidon, left his girlfriend in the lurch to raise their child as a single mother in Manhattan. This mythical Poseidon was not worthy of glory and honor, not worthy to be entrusted with power.

How wonderful to know that God, our faithful Father, loves and upholds us daily. He never lets us down.

How strong and steady, how honorable and trustworthy you are, O Lord! We live each day surrounded by your love. How can we thank you? Amen.

About the author — George Young

George Young, a native New Yorker, worked as a taxi driver in New York City before studying to become a pastor. Then he, his wife Ruth, and their children were missionaries for many years in northeastern Japan. They worked with ministers and believers from the Reformed Church in Japan to spread the good news of salvation in Christ and ­establish new churches. Now George and Ruth are retired and live in the northeastern United States, nearer to their children and grandchildren.

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