What would it be like to get a glimpse of Heaven ? What if you could pull back the surface of the physical world and see the mechanics of Heaven at work behind it ? Today we look at the last paragraph of Psalm 103, the sixth window. We dive into the deep end of the heavenly realms and then conclude with a practical six step meditation you can use to start your day with your face towards God. You can do the meditation here.
WINDOW #1 – VERSES 1-2
I take a moment to remember that I was created to worship but that my natural tendency is to drift away from a life of worship. I need the daily habit of time with God. I pause and take a quick inventory of how I am actually living – is everything in me, my thoughts and my actions truly bringing praise to God ?
I take a moment to reflect on all the blessings God has given me… right down to the next breath I will take. With the Psalmist I remember all that God has done for me in the past…
I ask him to shape my desires so that I am satisfied with the good things of God…
I remember that the life of faith is not just about me getting my spiritual fix – it is about me being a conduit of the mercy, grace, and justice of God to others. I am to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I am to defend the oppressed and love the friendless. I pause and consider what person I could bless today…
WINDOW #4 – VERSES 8-12
The world and my own thoughts are constantly lying to me about what God is really like and what he really thinks of me. I take a moment with the Psalmist to soak in God’s true nature and how he sees me… As a parent loves a small child, God loves me to the moon and back. I consider how the love of Jesus (John 15:13), and his sacrifice (Colossians 2:13) demonstrate and accomplish what is described in verses 8-12.
WINDOW #5 – VERSES 13-18
I take a moment to face my own mortality. I will die. This life will be over before I know it. How I spend my days is how I spend my life. I can be so busy hurrying through the day that I waste my life on things that didn’t really matter. But in the verses below, I see the that the truth of my fleeting, fragile state of human condition is embraced, held within the big picture of the promises and love of God. Every day is a precious gift given, never to be repeated. I think about my roles (as a worker, as a parent, as a friend, etc.) and ask “Lord, what are the most important things for me to focus on today ?”
WINDOW #6 – VERSES 19-21
I move from my own personal worship to
remembering that all of creation
worships God. At this moment angels stand before the throne and are
sent on errands by the King of Kings. I meditate on God’s glory and majesty,
and sovereignty. One day His glory will be fully revealed. I end by
committing myself and my day to his keeping.