“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—his name is the Lord— be exultant before him.” vs. 4
When our ancient ancestors watched the clouds roll across the sky they sometimes imagined them as chariots of the Lord, the God of the storms who had the power to vanquish hated enemies and provide relief for the oppressed. It’s an impressive image–in all of the natural world there’s no greater display of power and might than in the towering clouds, the winds, and the lightning of a massive thunderstorm. Of course, most of us have a more expansive view of God than did the psalmist–we certainly have a more scientific understanding of storms and weather events. While God can be observed in the wonders of nature, we know that God is bigger than that. We’ve come to know God as the Divine Presence which permeates all that exists, and that is even present in every person. But even though our perception of God has changed, it’s still appropriate for us to lift up songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. Some of us make it a practice to get out-of-doors each day. That’s a perfect time for us to take a look around and exult in the wonders of mesquites, grackles, and the beautiful bougainvillea. We might even catch a glimpse of a chariot drifting across the blue of the sky and be reminded that God is in charge–and breathe a song of thanks.
Thought for the Day: In what setting am I moved to praise God?