You Preserve All of Them
Nehemiah 9:6 (ESV) – “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”
We are so accustomed to things proceeding as they do that we often forget why they do. The earth spins on its axis and rotates around the sun each year, and we never wonder if it will continue to do so. We assume our bodies will do the same. The course of life for people includes many aspects that we take for granted as just “the way things are.” But the Bible reminds us in many places that this experience is not an accurate picture of what is truly happening. God sustains all things in the universe, including our very existence.
Our passage is one such example today. We read in Nehemiah 9:6, “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”
We see in the text the declaration that God alone is the LORD. He stands alone as the Supreme Ruler and Authority over the universe. Every single aspect of creation, including our existence and being, depends on Him. The text says, “you preserve all of them.” The stars are preserved by God. Our sun, Jupiter, and Niagara Falls are preserved by Him. Your lungs, heart, and brain keep operating by His command.
This isn’t hyperbole or metaphor. He truly sustains the universe. He preserves them all. The response in the text says, “the host of heaven worships you.” This truth concerning the preserving power of God ought to provoke our hearts to worship. How great is our God?! Who is like the Lord Almighty? He preserves us today.
Give thanks to God today for the way He preserves us. Ask Him for help in the things you are facing. He is the One, the only One, that can provide the help you need.
There is no one else to look to or call upon, because there is no one else with the power to preserve as God does. Repent from every action of looking to people and things other than God to preserve you. He alone can do it, and He does.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is the preserving power of God a cause for worship?
- What examples can you list of things God preserves moment-by-moment?
- How does this passage challenge you to trust God more thoroughly with your circumstances and fears?
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