Acts 4:24 (ESV)24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices p together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, q who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
It's so simple but, it just made me stop and think...
When is the last time I opened a prayer to my God with that type of reverence and respect?
They open with calling God their:
"Sovereign" (i.e. in complete control - having ultimate authority)
"Lord" (i.e. not just a friend or a guy they talk to when they want something but, their LORD the one they have dedicated their every breath to)
Imagine what it would look like if we lived like we believed that God was really our Sovereign Lord. Wow.
Not only is their Sovereign Lord but He made the Heaven, Earth, Sea, and EVERYTHING IN THEM.
Tonight go out and look at the stars if you can see them where you are. Just gaze. Try and count them. It's pretty overwhelming. Our God made that. He made it so we could look up and see the magnitude of just how big He is and how small we are. (Go to http://crazylovebook.com/ click on "Videos" then "The Awe Factor Of God" video to see just how far up those heavens go.)
Look at a globe. Find your country. Your State. Your County/City. Your Street. How small is that in comparison to the entire Earth. Think of all the people that inhabit our planet. God created them and loved them.
Think of the sea. When I think of the sea I think of shows like Deadliest Catch and Whale Wars and Planet Earth. Shows that take us to the most dangerous, and most beautiful waters on our planet. The oceans and seas are so full of life that sometimes seems more "alien" to us that anything in the heavens could seem. God created that. To show us the depths of His creativity and majesty.
Point is. God's a big God. Even though He's big. He loves us. That's beautiful and amazing.
It's a joint prayer "they lifted their voices together to God and said," it's not just one person praying, but all of them with their hearts and souls as one (Acts 4:32). We should come together as one body, the church, unified and saying, singing, dancing, living, working, serving, exhorting, praying, - worshiping this one big God. In all we do in all we say, think, and breathe, we should be giving "glory to God forever" because He is our Sovereign Lord who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and everything in them.
Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to God forever
Take my life and let it be all for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours.