“The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” vss. 6-7
We don’t know exactly when the psalmist composed this hymn, but we can guess from what is said that it must have been a time of considerable unrest, perhaps in its way not too different from what we’re experiencing. We can certainly resonate with his description of nations being in an uproar, with some of them tottering. Wars and rumors of wars seem to dominate the international landscape–and then there’s the melting earth! Our country has just experienced its hottest summer ever–in Arizona we’ve set records in nearly every category. And there’s really no end in sight–perhaps a melting earth is not just hyperbole! Our difficulty is that solutions to our heating issue will require global cooperation, and that doesn’t seem to be a possibility in this politically charged atmosphere. Of course we can do some things as individuals–and we should do them–but chances are our world is going to get even hotter in the near future. For the psalmist it was a comfort to know that God was present as a refuge, and so it is for us. No matter how much we screw up our environment God continues to be our support and our salvation. As the Spirit works in and through the nations we will find the will to cooperate in beautiful and healing ways, and maybe even save the planet!
Thought for the Day: What will it take for the nations to cooperate?