August 12, 2021

Blessed in Heavenly Places

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your Name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:2
God is often called the Most High. There is nothing imaginable which can possibly be placed above God. Therefore to dwell on the Most High—to sing God's praises and be glad to be one of God's worshipers—is to exist in a state of gratitude and blessedness.

When writing to the church at Ephesus, Paul's task was to encourage holiness and mutual love among its members. To reach this goal, the apostle opens with words of blessing. God Most High has opened the heavens first by sending Christ down to us, and then by bringing us up to the highest places, where Christ's presence blesses us with access to the Creator of all things.

To dwell on such an amazing reality is to lose ourselves in God's grace; and, having lost ourselves, to gain a new perspective on God's love and our redemption in Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
 Ephesians 1:3
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Whether I look around myself here on earth, or direct my gaze to the highest heaven, I see your hand of blessing on my life, O God. Make me truly grateful for your love, in Jesus' Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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