|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Nativity Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 words in the Nativity Alphabet are so intricately illustrated, almost like stained glass windows. My heart has been drawn to write 26 Devotions Focusing on Christ in the Nativity Alphabet beginning with Alleluia...
J.B. Phillips: And in a flash there appeared with the angel a vast host of the armies of Heaven, praising God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest Heaven! Peace upon earth among men of goodwill!”
The Message: At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
Amplified: Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].
ERV: “Praise God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please him.”
When we kneel at the altar, we present our hearts in reverent worship to God. It is our inward sacrifice of praise. Another side of worship is the worship that praises God with our lives. We offer this type of worship when we live in integrity and honesty in everyday situations. We offer it when we treat others with fairness in business deals and speak highly of others no matter who is listening. When we avoid the bitter tongue of gossip, tell the truth instead of resorting to a lie, or keep a promise we have made even at great cost, we are showing that our lives are a living sacrifice of worship to God. I’m thankful that we don’t have to be perfect to worship God. No one is without fault. However, when we endeavor to worship God through the way we live our lives, we offer Him more than a show of worship. We present him with a heartbeat that sincerely desires to please Him. Ask God today to help you live in such a way that your life is an offering of praise to His name.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, to live a perfect life, and to die for me on that cruel cross. I am far from perfect, but I desire to serve You in integrity and honesty. I realize that others watch my life and that my daily decisions influence others. I pray that they will see You in both my words and my actions. Lord, I sincerely desire to worship You not only with my heart but with my character. Help me to live a blameless life, resting in Christ’s finished work on the cross. Only You can do this. May I speak Your truth from a sincere heart so that You will receive the glory and honor You deserve. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, amen.
Look Up—meditate on Luke 2:14… pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.
Look In—as you meditate on Luke 2:14 … pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Luke 2:14 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
* If you liked this post you’ll love this book – Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ