The Gravity of Grace

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He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. (Psalm 104:19, ESV)

Gravity. It’s not just the title of amazing songs written by John Mayer and Sara Bareilles, though I completely love both of these songs. Gravity is a mysterious force that holds the universe together. One that sustains flight and orbit. A force that cannot be seen yet cannot be denied. A bit similar to grace!

Gravity echoes the majesty and mystery of our unsearchable Creator. It’s a celestially adhesive influencer. Powerful. Essential. Incredible.

Here on the pale blue dot gravity keeps humanity grounded, and presses fleshy body parts to plunge and sag with age. In the distance she spins the world on its axis and dances between the barrier of earth and sky. 

He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.

The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.

He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
(Psalm 104:5-9, 19, ESV)

And speaking of the moon, sun and sky, there’s nothing quite like soaking in the light show of stars on a clear night. Right? In brilliance, they dance and dazzle with a splendor that silences egos and shushes doubts of God’s existence.

As amazing as they are, beyond the grandiosity of gravity and galaxies is the high and holy hand that set the wild wonder in play. The One, true, eternal God who, in wisdom made every particle, planet, prism and person. The Author of life and death who permits the moon to mark off seasons and the sun to rise and set with the rhythm of day.

“The moon keeps track of the seasons, the sun is in charge of each day… What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon.” (Psalm 104:19, 24-25, MSG)

Taking this in, I’m shook, stirred, stretched, satisfied… stilled.

How can it be that the God of all creation, the One who hung lights to decorate night, holds the universe in place and space, and feeds the ox, fox and hawks cares for little, ole’ me? For us?

I shake my head and wonder with David, “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:4, ESV) Surely the gravity and glory of the Grace-giver is more amazing than we will ever know.

Matchless Majesty,
You are worthy of my praise, my gaze and my days. May my meditation be pleasing to You today as I celebrate and savor Your loving care and wild wonder.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE

Read Psalm 104. How does this freshly shape your perspective about the world around you and your very existence?

Write a prayer of response in your journal, on my blog wall or send it to me in a DM on Instagram.

I sure do love cherishing His grace with you, friend!

GWEN

 

PS. Just dropped a brand new GRACEOLOGIE podcast this morning with Michele Cushatt that will overwhelm you with God’s goodness in a deep way. Seriously. Don’t miss it. Click here to listen now.

 


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Comments 6

  1. To say I’ve been feeling lost is an understatement but Reading today’s blog gave me such An amazing New perspective on what I’m going through. God created this entire universe with HIS majestic eye and touch. How can I doubt his love for me? Or his purpose for me? Thinking about “God hung the lights to decorate the nights” I don’t know stuck with me. To me It speaks to Gods promise that my current circumstances will change but He will Always be there to light/get me through it. I was ready eyes reading it
    Thanks So much Gwen 💜👊🏻🙏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  2. Wow! What powerful writing. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you to paint a picture of how majestic He truly is. Thank you.

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  3. I am always amazed at HIS wonders. Especially the wonder of HIS love for me. There are days I dont even like me. But He continued unfailing love for me is beyond my comprehension. Living at the beach, watching the sunrise, seeing HIM paint the sky with color it is awesome.
    One of the current Bible studies I am in I was recently struck with His love. Acts 8when God sent Phillip to the desert and Phillip met the eunuchs. God sent him to talk to 1 man. Just 1 man! I am a PK and heard the story so many times. But this time it hit me. GOD sent Phillip to the middle of No where to reach 1 man. God loves each of us so much. I was 1 person that God pursued. Thank You Jesus for rescuing me!

  4. Wow! Glory be to the Most High God, Thank you Gwen, you made my day. Having gone through Psalm 104 has lifted my soul today. You know I was going down in distress as I am in the middle of debts, but having read all your Gravity of Grace I am know blessed. Keep on praying for me as I am in the middle of debts, but I know that My God brought you up for a purpose as you have touched my heart, soul and mind today. Glory be to God because he sent me an Angel today. Amen!!

  5. Praise to The God Almighty! Thank you Gwen for this real eye & mind refreshing of God’s omnipotence and yet love&mercy.full-grace.

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