Trustworthy Forevermore!

June 25, 2011 at 8:07 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

          Psalm 93.  This short little poem may seem at first reading to be a bunch of disconnected statements.  It has certainly seemed that way to me at times; and again today as I read through it, I wondered what these thoughts were doing together in one short psalm.  However, when I reread this little gem more slowly, something came to mind that seems to tie it together.  Psalm 93 begins with two verses of praise for God who is majestic and strong, whose throne endures forever, but then it seems to randomly go off about floods and seas for two more verses before returning to praise in the final phrase.  It occurred to me that some of the most powerful things they knew in the ancient world were the weather and the sea.  This poem compares God to sea and flood, but then, as one familiar with the Psalms might expect, tells us that the LORD is mightier than them.  The closing verse praises God for his trustworthiness and holiness.  The “aha” thought that tied it all together is this: The most powerful things they knew in their world were not trustworthy.  They couldn’t predict the weather or the mood of the seas; they were, so to speak, at the mercy of the elements.  But God, who is more powerful than both sea and weather, is totally trustworthy.  They were at the mercy of God’s mood too.  But that is a secure place to be; that is mercy indeed.  God is more powerful than anything we know, yet you, O Lord, are trustworthy forevermore!

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