Word of the Day
“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His Name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory. The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.”(Psalm 29)
“In the beginning God…”(Gen.1:1). It has been said that the entire Bible is a commentary of these first four words of the Bible. The rest of the Bible reveals just Who this “God” really is, what His grace and mercy is and how He went about redeeming lost humanity!
And then it says about this “God” that He “created”. The Hebrew word that is used here(“bara”) denotes something being brought into being from absolute nothingness. We hear of designers of clothing, buildings, bridges, autos and homes that they “created” these things. But what the word means in relation to this “God” is far different from the one we ascribe to these human designers.
These human designers took what was already in existence and readily available and designed all these things. But when this “God” “created” there was nothing to use. It has been said that this “God” stood on nothing, spoke to emptiness and all things are!
Have you ever noticed how Genesis, chapter one, really reads? Some eight times it records that “And God said…and it was so.” Now think of that! God spoke to absolute emptiness and “…it was so…”!
The highlight of His speaking in this chapter was when He said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…”. No flesh had existed before this, but by His own hands, this “God” took the clay from this created earth and formed a human body(in flesh, mind you) and then breathed His own life into this new creation!
Is all this power, or what?
Then we proceed to the New Testament and we are introduced to a new-born Infant Who is none other than this same “Creator God”! As we follow the story of His life, we find Him also speaking, many times to the impossible. For example, we find Him speaking to the man with the withered arm and telling Him to “..stretch forth thine arm…” and the man did so, finding that his arm was healed(Matt.12:13; do you not think that this man had tried this many times in his life and had sought medical help many times? And yet, presto!, it was so!).
We find this Incarnated “God” speaking to the man who was not able to stand and walk to, “…take up thy bed, and walk…” and it was so(Matt.9:6)! We find this same Incarnated “God” standing at the mouth of a tomb and saying, “Lazarus, come forth!”, and it was so(John 11:43)!
The Psalmist here is calling on this lost, sin-cursed mass of humanity to recognize and extol the mighty works of this “God”! From his perspective, this writer sees this “LORD” as worthy of all mankind’s praise and honor! He calls on lowly humanity to not only recognize His might and His majesty but also His beauty, His daily control over the affairs of this world that He spoke into being and His eternality!
How many times have you, like myself, stood facing crisis after crisis in life and feel that we have wandered into another blind alley, with nowhere to turn? How many times have we laid our heads on our pillows for a much-needed night’s rest, only to soak that pillow with tears and our much-needed sleep escapes us? How many times have we made heart-wrenching discoveries about our kids and wrestled with how we would handle this latest crushing revelation? How many times have we thought we had all our finances under control, only to find that so many new financial demands were made on us that we feel we would never get our heads above water again? How many times have we been sleeping so soundly at night only to awakened by an infant whose cries came from a fevered brow?
Crisis after crisis! Cry after cry! Desperation! Fretfulness! Anxiety! Fear! Sorrow! Loneliness! Hurt! Failure! Helplessness! Hopelessness! Worry! Loss! O, how many trying and hurtful things that invade our very few times of contentment and rest! How many things come our way to destroy our times of comfort and peace! And how many things cause us to even consider suicide, or at least understand why some would consider it!
Why do we allow these things to cause us such heaviness? Is it not true that this “God” Who created all things, this Incarnated “God” Who proved His moral and absolute power and authority over all our calamities including death has promised us His unwavering and constant watch care and provision? Did He not cry to His own disciples, “O, ye of little faith!”? What would He say to those of us who claim to be believers in this modern day?
The Psalmist saw all that we see today, and chose to extol and exalt the “LORD” Who sits in the Heavens and oversees all that His Creation experiences, and chooses to honor Him with praise, glory, strength and power! And if this “God”, this “LORD” has all this power, glory and strength, is it not true that we mere humans can trust Him in our most horrifying times in life? Has this One Who has all this might not promised to meet our every need, to deliver us from the most frightful and fearful things we encounter in life?
So, if our response to these questions is in the affirmative, why then do allow so many wrinkles to adorn our brow because of worry and anxiety???