You are everything. Everything comes from you and is for you. You reign sovereignly and completely as Lord over all. There are so many tiny reasons in those three statements to praise you and you deserve to be praised for every single one of them.
You are proclaimed as Creator in the sunrise, in the bright red leaves, and in a mighty gust of wind. You are declared as Provider in the way you love, the breath in our lungs, and the trees you give us for oxygen. You are recognized as Sovereign in the times of rejoicing as much as you are in the times of mourning.
In your word, you command us to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) We thank you for not just commanding us to go, but for being with us every step of the way. You were there before us, you will always be there with us, and you will continue to be there after us. As much as you promised to reconcile all people to yourself, we promise to praise you for your faithfulness. It’s happening. You really are doing exactly what you told us you would.
There are people everywhere coming to know Jesus. There are churches across the world growing because of your undeniable goodness. There are communities of friends in Georgia to communities of families in East Africa that are being restored by you, God. Lives are being changed. Freedom is being experienced for the first time. People are realizing their worth. Generations are being forever altered.
So Father, in a season of life that is crazy busy, I stop to realize, declare, and appreciate you for the work that you are doing— that really and truly one day every tribe, tongue, and nation will exclaim “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!” I see it, God. I see you. I see you in the conversations you allow me to have with college students. I see you when I’m standing in the middle of the room hearing prayers shouted out in all different tribal languages. I see you on Sundays when I worship with believers of all ages at a church in a big city. I see you standing out in the bush of Africa as I hear drums, clapping, and unhindered praise. After seeing so many flags of your faithfulness, my only response is to give it all back to you in surrender and gratitude.
Thank you, Jesus, for being the one that transforms lives and restores communities. I will ever wait in joyful expectation as you fulfill your word and praise you along the way.
It’s in the powerful and transformative name of Jesus that I pray. Amen.