In honor of my daughter Sarah Giesbrecht Hunter’s birthday, I wanted to share a sample from my upcoming book to be released by Bold Vision Books in June 2016. Experiencing God Through His Names is a 31 day devotional to connect you with the power and presence of praying the name of God. To find out how to preorder this book, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait! Here’s a devotional I wrote when we welcomed my sweet first born daughter into the world. Happy Birthday, Sarah!
I couldn’t stop staring. I was captivated by the perfection of my infant daughter’s features and fingers, even her dainty little toes. I lifted my praise to Creator God, “I worship you, God for allowing me to be a mother to this precious life.”
I remember another time I couldn’t stop staring. It happened years before, as a Bible school student. I’d been given an assignment in our theology class to worship God, outdoors, after dark, to contemplate the power of God as it is revealed in the magnitude of the heavens. The professor’s instruction for our stargazing assignment was to lay flat on our backs, look up into the sky and meditate on Psalm 139 while meditating on God’s greatness.
Have you ever marveled over the vastness of the heavens? This kind of practice helps us remain in awe and amazement of the power of our Creator.
Elohim is the name of God that means “all-powerful Creator.” The same great Elohim made us to specifically and individually fulfill His purposes. Used over 2,500 times in the Old Testament, Elohim reveals God to us in numerous ways. Elohim created everything out of nothing, the Latin term is Ex Nihilo, evidencing His creative power and might in creating the whole universe in six days. Each day Elohim gives us evidence to remind us of His presence and endless inventiveness. The miracle of new life reminds us of the supremacy of our Elohim. As we contemplate the preciousness of birth, we are brought to a more acute awareness of our Creator.
It’s not surprising that the Psalmist writes, “I praise you because I am [we are] fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14). It is most appropriate that by this name (Elohim) God should reveal Himself-bringing cosmos out of chaos, light out of darkness, habitation out of desolation, and life in His image.
Consider the ways Elohim (Creator God) is asking you to trust Him in the circumstances of your life. He has planned each of your days and ordered all of your ways. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). Commit to allowing the Creator to use your situations to make you more like Jesus. Submit yourself to Elohim who created you. God’s eyes are on us all the time, a reason to invest time in the practice of worship, gazing and directing our praise to the Creator.
Dear Elohim, I praise You for being my Creator. I worship Your power and might. Thank You for making me just the way You planned. Thank You for the good gifts You have given me. Thank You for the ways You have been faithful to me. I commit the circumstances of this day to Your powerful presence. May Your will be done in all I do and say today. Help me direct my gaze and my praise to You alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.