Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does such wonderful things.
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In that entire Psalm, it’s the word “alone” that caught me.
When we fail to attribute our victories to God alone, it’s because we’re attributing them to ourselves—our strength; our courage; our determination; our resolve. But there are so many things that only God can do—God alone.
God alone looked over time and history, and determined the exact time, place, gender, race, nationality and family in which to place us—choosing the only right combination that would cause us to reach for Him (Acts 17:26-28).
God alone formed the fabric of our being—yours and mine—because He considered the world incomplete without our presence. And He alone watched the formation of our cells, and hovered over our secret selves in the utter solitude of the womb.
God alone directs authorities and governments (Proverbs 21:1). God alone keeps our hearts beating. God alone fills our lungs with air. God alone determines our path, and causes others to cross it, and makes our eyes meet, and causes hearts to knit together. God creates families where there were none. He fills empty homes with children, and love.
God alone thought of a salvation plan, and played the one and only part, and saw it through to a rough wooden cross and 9” nails, and a lonely tomb, and a bright, world-changing Sunday morning when blood rushed again through His veins, and His eyelids fluttered and His fingers flexed, and He was so unruffled by His own resurrection that He took the time to fold the linen garb He’d been wrapped in, and lay it carefully on the stone ledge that had only moments earlier held His dead body.
God alone will see us through. God alone will greet us when our own eyes close in death, and open to joy. And God alone, in His stunning, brilliant beauty, will light our noonday and our midnight, and we will bask in His stunning glory—His alone—for all of eternity.