Saturday, December 18, 2010

A storm to bring us to safety

Psalms 48
7 You smashed the ships of Tarshish
with a storm out of the East.
8 We heard about it, then we saw it
with our eyes —
In God's city of angel armies,
in the city our God
Set on firm foundations,
firm forever.

9 We pondered your love-in-action, God,
waiting in your temple:
10 Your name, God, evokes a train
of Hallelujahs
It is spoken, near and far;
your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.

13 Then you can tell the next generation
detail by detail the story of God,
14 Our God forever,
who guides us till the end of time.

This year a hurricane came up the eastern coast of the United States.  The Weather Services projected the path of this mighty storm would hit the New Jersey shore.  I live about 15 miles from the shore.  We all sat in fear watching the weather reports.  I kept wondering if our little townhouse could stand up to the hurricane force winds.  And, of course, prayed.  There's nothing like a major storm to teach what "pray without ceasing" means...  Then the weather reports changed.  A wind from the west blew the hurricane out to sea.  The storm lost most of it's velocity.  It completely skipped the Jersey shore.  Hallelujahs and sighs of relief filled us all along the northeastern coast.  These verses gave me a big smile as I recalled the goodness and mercy of God.  Nothing is impossible for Him.  Our lives are often filled with storms and troubles- it's such a comfort to know God can use them to bring us to safety.  We can even praise Him for our storms, they come for a purpose in His plan and we get to see His glory in the end.  I have always loved this verse.  I can imagine two giant feet running through the clouds in the sky, directing the path of storms:

Nahum 1:3
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,

And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Verses 13 to 14 of this Psalm also stand out to me.   It's amazing that the Bible has survived so many generations.  The story of God has prevailed through wars, times of wealth and prosperity.   That God's Word could still apply to us today, is in itself a miracle revealing the hand of God.  I am so grateful that my generation has a copy and can read the Bible without fear. 

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