The power of a positive perspective


So much of life is about perspectives. How do we see a situation or circumstance? Are we always looking for the positives or the negatives? Is our glass half empty or half full?

In the Book of Psalms, we read a verse that gives us some insight about what our perspective should be.

“The Heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftmanship.” Psalms 19:1

In this short verse the writer of Psalms reminds us that all we see was created on purpose and for a purpose. That event the skies, as we look above, show us God’s glory and are meant for our good.

Here in upstate New York, we live in such a beautiful area with amazing seasons, lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys. All were created by God and for us to enjoy as we are able to see over and over again His “craftmanship.” Another translation calls it God’s “handiwork.” I don’t know about you, but on a late September morning, taking a walk amongst the beautiful fall foliage, I see God’s handiwork all around!

The challenge for us is whether we have the perspective to see the glory in everything around us. The next two verses in Psalms continue to help direct our perspective.

“Day after day they continue to speak; night after night them make Him know.The speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.” Psalm 19:2-3

Here, the Psalmist makes sure we know that God’s glory is being shown all around us, all the time. Sure, it’s easy to see that glory on the beautiful September walk. But we are also called to see that glory on the cold winter mornings. That can certainly be a challenge. However, God does all of it for His glory and for our pleasure.

The translation for glory in Psalm 19:1 is Kabod which is translated “weight.” What we need to see here is that when we do have that correct perspective on life, we receive the full weight of who God is and His love for us!

What a great and encouraging word for us today. Have that positive perspective on life and see all that has been created around us as the full measure of God’s love for you and for me!


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