November 16

Psalm 93:1-2

“The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved;” vs. 1

As the psalmist searched for ways to describe the power and majesty of the Lord he ended up using the word “king.” It meant something different in those days than it does now. For us it simply designates the head of the royal family in those few countries that still have monarchies. Such persons are generally rich but rarely wield any power. In the psalmist’s day kings were the most powerful people on earth, sometimes ruthless, but always operating from a position of strength. Multiply that a thousand times, so thought the psalmist, and you have a glimpse of what God is like. And even though that king language doesn’t work for many of us anymore, it’s hard to find terms that do. The transcendent power that is God defies our imaginations and taxes our meager vocabularies–there is just no way to put God into words! That’s why the Word that God spoke to us in Jesus is so precious. In that Word we are reminded that the immutable, omnipotent God is defined best by unconditional love and mercy. That means that on the days when we despair of ever figuring out God we can at least give thanks and praise for Jesus. He is the Word God, Love Incarnate, and we really don’t need anything else!

Thought for the Day: My favorite way of describing God.

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