January 8, 2020

For full passage click: Psalm 29  …  “Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.” vss. 2-3

In our time, God is little more than an impotent fictive being for many people. They use God’s name almost exclusively as an interjection and seldom in a prayer. They often espouse a kind of superficial spirituality but have little or no interest in traditional forms of faith. The Psalmist would have been appalled! For him, God was like a powerful thunderstorm moving inland from the sea and spending itself in a spasm of wind, lightning, and rain over the forests of the coastal mountains. In other words, God was an awesome force in the world, and not to be taken lightly. Of course we tend not to see God in storms and earthquakes; we have a better understanding of how such natural events occur. But science is never a good substitute for God, and those who worship it miss the Divine Presence that lies at the core of all that exists. Science can answer our questions about the weather but it can’t come close to explaining the mysteries of life and light that are the essence of our great God. People of faith have come to understand that every day deserves the quiet invocation of God’s presence and frequent consulting of God’s Spirit. The Lord of the Universe is the Ground of all Being, and not the product of needy imaginations.

Thought for the Day: When is God most real to me?