I couldn’t stop staring. I was captivated by the perfection of my infant daughter’s features, fingers, and even 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 remembered another time I couldn’t stop staring; it happened years before, as a Bible school student in my theology class. I’d been given an assignment 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 focusing 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.
The same great Elohim made us to fulfill His purposes specifically and individually.
Elohim is the name of God that means “all-powerful Creator.” Used more than 2,500 times in the Old Testament, Elohim reveals Himself 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,” says Nathan Stone in Names of God (page 12).
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. Psalm 139:16 says,”All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” 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: to gaze and direct our praise to the Creator.
Dear Elohim, I praise you for being my Creator. I worship Your power and might. Thank you for making us 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.
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