To fear the Lord is like fearing electricity. Amazingly powerful and helpful, but scary none the less.
Faith in real life
We all remember the first words from Psalm 22:
My, God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Jesus cries out on the cross. But, what we don’t often realize is he is remembering a psalm he must have sung countless times, and the end is glorious. Testifying to the greatness of God to countless generations, the last words speak of completion and triumph.
They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
Yes, he has…
Psalm 21:4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.
This is from a Psalm of David concerning the king of Israel.
The true king, Jesus, asks for this life that he may continue to reveal God to the world through us.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Thank you, Jesus!
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Chariots and horses of biblical times are the fighter jets, drones, tanks, and Humvee’s of today. Violence and the threat of violence as our ultimate security is not how God designed us to live. These will always let us down in the end. The only thing that can change a violence-fueled world is confidently acting in the ways of God. Modeling Jesus when it comes to facing threat and violence. Forgiveness and and not seeking revenge.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
To perceive God in the natural world you have to seek him and you have to want to discover him. God can’t be too obvious or else we can forget free will and, like us, God generally doesn’t show up where he’s not wanted…
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
The Hebrew word for “fool,” nabal, isn’t about intelligence, as much as it is moral deficiency. Here’s the thing.
God must be hidden enough that we can hide from him. If God is too obvious, then we really don’t have a choice to be in relationship. No free will. We wouldn’t be human the way god designed us.