Being Woven

God is…

 

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Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

I write about God these days because pitying myself does me no good.  I do not want to feel sorry for myself, yet I do feel sad, deeply sorrowful.  I miss Kenneth so very much.  I also know that God is in control, having numbered Kenneth’s days and those days reached their end.  My days are not up yet so I must and will continue to place one foot in front of the other, trusting in the living God.  He stands by me.  He walks with me through this grief.  He holds me closely as I do my best to live this life as fully as possible, to His glory.

Oh, Lord, thank You for being right here with me, walking me through…not over or around or under…but through this hard season in my life.  Yes, I would love to go Home and be with You.  Yes, I would love to be with Kenneth.  Yes, I would love to leave this hard and horrifying world.  But You are with me and will be until my time is up here on earth.  Thank You, Lord.  Thank You.

This verse in 1 Chronicles 29 is so powerful and so filled with God…Who He is…all that is His…and what I am to be doing.

גְּדוּלָה

gĕduwlah

greatness; (concretely) mighty acts:—dignity, great things(-ness), majesty

גְּבוּרָה

gĕbuwrah

 valor, victory:—force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength

תִּפְאָרָה

tiph’arah

beauty(-iful), bravery, comely, fair, glory(-ious), honour, majesty

נֶצַח

netsach

eminence, perpetuity, strength, victory, enduring, everlastingness

הוֹד

howd

beauty, comeliness, excellency, glorious, glory, goodly, honour, majesty

from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

“His infinite perfections; not only that He is great, powerful, glorious, etc., but that His is the greatness, power, and glory, that is, He has them in and of Himself. He is the fountain and centre of every thing that is bright and blessed. All that we can, in our most exalted praises, attribute to Him He has an unquestionable title to. His is the greatness; His greatness is immense and incomprehensible; and all others are little, are nothing, in comparison of Him. His is the power, and it is almighty and irresistible; power belongs to Him, and all the power of all the creatures is derived from Him and depends upon Him. His is the glory; for His glory is His own end and the end of the whole creation. All the glory we can give Him with our hearts, lips, and lives, comes infinitely short of what is His due. His is the victory; He transcends and surpasses all, and is able to conquer and subdue all things to Himself; and His victories are incontestable and uncontrollable. And His is the majesty, real and personal; with Him is terrible majesty, inexpressible and inconceivable.”

He is…

His are…

The God of the universe is all and all are His.

He is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  Matthew 6:13

δύναμις

dynamis

 “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth”

δόξα

doxa
dignity, glory(-ious), honour, praise, worship

The prayer we were taught by our Lord contains the power and the glory.  We are reminded of Who He is and all that is His.  The Name above ALL names.  He is my God and the One Whom all of myself belongs to and runs to.

Oh, Lord, I pray that this is the way I react to You, the Mighty One to Save.  It is not that I am to only obey and react to Your Greatness, but I desire to see You as the One and Only.  I should not see a victory apart from seeing You as Victorious in all that You are and do.  I should not see the state of being glorified apart from You as Glory…as Splendid.   You are Power.  You are Great.  You are Majestic.  You are Glory and Victory.  Father, You are the Maker of heaven and earth.  All creation bows before You.

“You alone are the LORD.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.”  Nehemiah 9:6

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  Romans 1:19-20a

I want to exalt Him, to lift Him up, to supremely elevate by praise.
(I was curious about exult and the difference between these two words.  I had forgotten. Exult means to be extremely joyful, to rejoice.    Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.)

I am praising God, raising my voice to glorify God as He keeps me.  I am weathering each storm because He is with me, protecting me from the harshness of the cold winds of grief.  He guards my heart with His legions of angels.  He teaches me to listen for His still, small voice.  He also guides me on the path He has for my life.  And I give Him all of my praise.  His Name is above all names.

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:8-11

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Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name.  1 Chronicles 29:12-13

Father God, I honor You with all I am and all I have.  I pray for Your help in all things.  I pray I remember Who You are and Whose I am.  I am so grateful to be in Your hands.    Thank You, Lord God Almighty.   I exalt You, O God with exultation.  What a Mighty God I serve.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, the Name above all names, I pray.  Amen.

 

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25 Comments

  1. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your husband. I couldn’t imagine. I hope that if I ever walk through heartbreak similar to yours that I will handle it by praising the Lord and His goodness like you do. Thank you for linking up with us at #LiveLifeWell.

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    • I never knew that this would be possible…to be praising God in the midst of such a hard, hard loss. God is so faithful and comforting and loving. He also is catching many-a-tear in that great big bottle! I wonder what He is going to do with the tears He catches??? Thanks for coming by and blessing me this day.

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  2. Angela Johnson

    Linda, first I want to say that my heart breaks for you during this deep loss. I lift you up in prayer. However, I can also see that peace and joy shining through even during this hard time. I love the way you praise God and say that all is His. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Yes, Angela, all is His and I am learning to walk in His grace each step, in each moment. As hard as it is in this valley, with God with me…who can be against me! He is so good. His mercies are new every morning. Oh, just in writing this to you right now, Angela, my heart is overflowing with love and peace. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Linda, this is beautiful! Your love for God is strong. I pray He will continue to comfort and strengthen you during this very difficult time. Thank you for reminding us to praise our God. I’m thankful He gives you peace even though life is so hard. Much love! Blessings and hugs! xoxo

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  4. I love reading the Hebrew, but my favorite verse is at the top and I have focused on that part lately from Zephaniah 3:17, how wonderful to be quiet by His love. It’s a great verse when you start to feel overwhelmed.

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  5. Liz Giertz

    Your heart for praising God despite your loss is an inspiration! May the God of all comfort fill you with His peace!

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss, Linda, and can only imagine how very difficult this is for you. May you continue to keep your eyes and heart focused on God for He will surely give you the strength needed each day.

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  7. Karen

    Love the Hebrew word study! So important to help us really understand. Thanks for the great words and picture. May God show Himself to be your great Comforter!

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  8. Beautiful pictures to go with your beautiful words. I am so sorry for your loss. As always, I learned something from reading your article. It was my father’s birthday last week, which reminded me of him all day. I miss him so much, but I know he is in Heaven.

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  9. Horace Williams Jr.

    Beautifully written, Linda. My heart is sad for the pain that you feel dear friend. I’m glad to read you are keeping yours on God. He will give you the strength and the will to take a new step each day. Thank you for sharing your heart and reminding us of the awesome power and love of the God we serve. Rest in the arms of his bosom and He will comfort you. Blessings.

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    • Thank you, Horace. Your words encourage my heart this morning.

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  10. Your heart for praising God is a testimony to your faith journey. I know I grow in strength when my eyes turn to God rather on the challenges I am facing. I pray that you feel the same in your own journey.

    I love this part —> He is…

    His are…

    The God of the universe is all and all are His.

    He is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.

    Blessings to you!

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    • Mary, Mary…you encourage my heart as you share what you see here and how you are growing in the Lord. Yes, I realize every day that the more I focus on God, the more beauty I see, the more strength I feel from Him, and the more He can grow me. The challenges of each day are far more than I am able to handle but He can and does when I keep my eyes on Him.

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  11. Linda, grief is a bear. My father’s 3-year anniversary of living in heaven comes in just 6 days. I’ve been thinking of him and the grief associated with his passing much this week. So how timely to come upon your page. You cut straight through the hard, recalling Kenneth’s numbered days, causes me to consider and praise for my Dad’s as well. Linda, I can almost see you bowing at His feet, setting trust there…and encouraging others like myself in the process. You’ve picked up His truth, and even through grief, proclaim God’s glory. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. My sympathies on Kenneth’s passing. Certainly it is not easy. Thank God for heaven. #heartencouragementThursday

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    • Oh, Kristi, I am sorry for your loss as well. I am seemingly best able to walk through this season of grief in the praise and adoration of the Lord. It lifts me above and beyond all that is hard and that is of this world. I want to continually praise Him yet that is certainly not the way it works…not the “continually” part! Thanks for your wonderfully encouraging words.

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  12. God is always good, and we are always loved. ♥ Thank you for this encouraging post today, Linda! Last week, a close friend of my family died, and it was so painful and hard. But God is always good. He never leaves us, and we are loved with an everlasting love. Never lose hope, friend! ♥

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  13. Beautiful words of praise and sharing your heart. So true that as we praise God for who He is, it brings great peace and comfort to our hearts. I love seeing the Hebrew words, and all the ways you are exploring and delving deeper into His word. God Bless you!

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  14. Oh yes, I want to exalt Him as well. On the good days, the easy days, the days when grief seems to overwhelm…..we can still praise Him. I can read that in your words – and it is a blessing. Praying that God will continue to comfort you as you grieve.

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  15. welcomeheart

    no better therapy than what you are doing right now – pondering the greatness of God. and He will bring beauty from your tearful ashes. it’s Who He is. may today feel better. xx

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  16. Linda, I can’t imagine how I would feel in your shoes. 😦 Praying for you, sweet friend.

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  17. Linda, such beautiful words from your heart and your faith. Sending you a hug and much love ❤

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  18. Dear Linda, May your prayers and your writing and your expressions of grief bring you comfort and hope. I am praying for you even as we speak …

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  19. Linda, what a wonderful collection of verses to lift our praises up to the King of all Kings. When I look up to Him, my perspective on everything changes. And thank you for reminding us of the definitions of exalt and exult. What a beautiful complement they are to each other! I join with you in prayer today to worship our Lord. Blessings and Prayers for you today.

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  20. Gay Pruett

    Thank you, Linda, for your sweet words tonight. This piece touches my heart.

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