September 23

Psalm 25:1-9

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.” vss. 2-3

There are some who say that this psalm reflects a quite primitive view of God, a throwback to a Thor-like god who throws his hammer to produce the lightning and thunder of a summer storm. And it’s true that our ancestors, living before the time of meteorologists, did attributive natural disasters and disturbances to God. But that’s no reason to discount what this psalmist writes. In fact, there’s something quite appealing in seeing the hand of God in nature, and giving glory to God for the wonders of our universe. It’s true that Elijah did not find God in the earthquake, wind, or fire (1 Kings 19), but that doesn’t mean that the power unleashed in such events cannot fill us with awe. In recent weeks there has been a string of hurricanes bumping into the Florida peninsula: the sheer force of the wind coupled with thunder, lightning, and  enormous amounts of rain can’t help but leave us slack-jawed. We humans are impotent in the presence of such power. It’s not that the hurricane is God, or that God deliberately chose its path to punish Floridian sinners. But it’s a humbling reminder that God is God, and we are not! “Praise to the Lord, the King of all creation!”

Thought for the Day: What forces of nature impress me the most?

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