Of oceans, power and strength

Psalm 93_4

I think I have a fascination with oceans because I live in a landlocked part of the world. The sea has mystery. The sea has power. The waves rush and roar changing landscapes and coastlines. It cannot be harnessed or controlled. It just is.

 

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty. Psalm 93:1-4 (NIV)

God is King, robed and ruling, God is robed and surging with strength. And yes, the world is firm, immovable, Your throne ever firm – you’re Eternal! Sea storms are up, God, Sea storms wild and roaring, Sea storms with thunderous breakers. Stronger than wild sea storms, Mightier than sea-storm breakers, Mighty God rules from High Heaven. Psalm 93:1-4 (MSG)

 

But the sea has nothing on the power of my God. He is armed with strength. He is mighty.

Strength – the state of being strong; the degree or respect in which a person or thing is strong.

Strong – having the power of resistance; able to withstand great force or opposition; not easily damaged or overcome, able to overcome

Mighty – powerful or strong, in body, mind or influence, massive, bulky, great, considerable

I don’t always acknowledge the power my God has. I see things happen around me and I wonder how he does not intervene when Scripture declares He is mighty. I reduce Him to something small because things around me do not happen the way I would like. I make Him something I understand because He is so much more than I will ever be able to grasp and ascertain.

But my God is none of my human definitions. He is strong. Strong enough to create the world. Strong enough to be in relationship with what He has made. Strong enough to give those He made a free will. Strong enough to resist controlling what He made. Strong enough to let us experience the consequences of our choices. Strong enough to love us more deeply than we can ever understand. Strong enough to send His Son to redeem people who could never make their way back to Him on their own. Strong enough to raise Jesus from the dead. Strong enough to grant new life to all those who would believe in Him. Strong enough to change broken lives into new. Strong enough to speak in a tender whisper. Strong.

I am amazed at the strength of my God. I am so grateful He is far more than I understand. I am in desperate need of my strong God. Without Him, I can do nothing.

Definitions from:

The Oxford encyclopedic English dictionary. (1991). New York:  Oxford University Press.

 

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