May 23, 2018
Psalm 29:1-7…“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.” vs. 1
The psalmist didn’t have to tread carefully in his hymns of praise to God. He didn’t have people with a scientific bent parsing his words and looking for inadequate and primitive descriptions of the Lord. His God was as big as he could imagine and he didn’t hesitate to use his imagination in describing God’s glory and strength. For him, heaven was like a royal court and was filled with angelic beings who spent their days extolling the Deity. Even now, his images help us give voice to our own exultation and praise. He used all the wonders of the creation as a jumping off point for describing the Lord of the Universe, and so should we. Our advanced knowledge only expands the glories of God and we can scarcely find words to contain our awe and thanksgiving. The power we see unleashed in nature: the towering summer haboobs of Arizona, the explosive volcanoes of Hawaii, the devastating hurricanes of the Caribbean–all this energy is nothing when compared to the all-encompassing majesty of God. As humans we struggle to find our place in the immensity of existence. We’re dwarfed by the enormity of the universe and lost in the seemingly endless stretch of space and time. Perhaps someday, we’ll even be able to put aside our pathetic little struggles for dominance and power and simply rejoice in the sheer wonder of our lives.
Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite image for God?