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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by a staff of ACTS International.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

How Great Thou Art

"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all."1


Life often feels frenzied and hectic. We hurry from one appointment to the next, returning phone calls, texts, and emails: checking off our seemingly endless to-do lists. Sometimes we only sit and rest out of sheer exhaustion.


This past summer, my family had the privilege of vacationing in South Lake Tahoe, up in the Northeastern mountains of California. We hiked hidden trails that led to beautiful waterfalls and exceptional scenic views that, quite literally, left me breathless. As we stopped to rest it was impossible to not stand in awe at God's perfect creation; something not easily appreciated when we are caught up in the busyness of life. To be out in nature with no phone signal and no pressing agenda, has no comparison. In the undistracted stillness it was easy to notice nature as it was intended to be appreciated. The sound of a rushing waterfall in the distance, the buzz of a bee in a nearby flower and the call of a bird to its flock. The sky was a brilliant blue and the horizon seemed endless. God created all of this for you and me to enjoy, unaltered.


When we slow down enough to literally stop and smell the roses and take in all the wondrous sights and sounds of our Lord's creation, it is impossible to not be moved to worship in gratitude to the God of all Creation. In the midst of our daily rush, a quiet moment can remind us of God's detailed creativity. We are surrounded by evidence of His power and tenderness. I encourage you to read the entirety of Psalm 104, where the author shares with great detail the glory of God's majestic Creation.


Suggested Prayer: Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty (Ps. 104:1) and my heart can only sing my gratitude:


Oh Lord, My God

When I, in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.

I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder.

Thy power throughout the universe displayed!


Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:

How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!


Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:

How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!2         


In Jesus' name, Amen.


  1. Psalm 104:24 (NIV).

  2. Hymn, "How Great Thou Art" based on the original song, "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg, 1885



Today's Encounter was written by: Veronica B.




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