This is an excerpt from a book I’m working on entitled Praying God’s Word. The purpose of the book is to read God’s promises, then pray to God based upon his promises. The Bible is full of promises from God, yet so often we don’t take advantage of them. God always answers prayers that are based upon his promises. My hope is that this book will help the reader learn to pray God’s promises back to him.
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalms 89:8-9)
Who is mighty like you? Who is powerful like you? No one compares to you. All are dust compared to your unsurpassable greatness. The nations are nothing more than a drop in a bucket compared to your unimaginable, unfathomable greatness. You hold all the waters of the earth in the palm of your hand. The mountains tremble and melt before you. The angels cover their eyes in reverence as they circle your throne. You uphold the entire universe with your word. Apart from your sustaining power, the universe would dissolve into nothingness.
And yet in spite of your great immensity, you are also near to me. You, the world-making, world-sustaining, angel-frightening, mountain-melting God, promise to be faithful to me. You promise to be near me when I’m broken-hearted. When my soul is nothing but a dying ember, you don’t snuff it out, but instead blow it to life. When the waters rise, you keep me from being swept away. When the fires burn around me, you keep me from being singed. You are with me when I am thrown into the furnace. You are with me when I am flung into the lion’s den. You are always faithful, always a sure foundation, always my rock.
So often I’m tempted to rely upon my own strength in the midst of trials. How foolish I am! You are the infinitely strong God; I am weak, frail, and easily frightened. When the waters rise around me, help me to look to you. Help me to fix my gaze on you. Help me to trust you. I have often proved unfaithful, but you have always proven yourself to be faithful. I have proven to be weak, you have proven yourself strong. And so I throw away any foolish trust I have in myself, and I look solely to you.
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Stephen Altrogge serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, where his main duties include leading worship, preaching, and working with youth. He also has written a number of worship songs that have been included on Sovereign Grace Music albums. Stephen is the author of the book Game Day For the Glory of God: A Guide For Athletes, Fans, and Wannabes, published by Crossway Books in September 2008, and The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence, published by Crossway Books in April 2011. When not shining his dad’s shoes, you can find Stephen drinking coffee or playing video games.
Find out more when you visit his blog, The Blazing Center.