Saturday, August 08, 2009

Flames of Fire His Servants


1
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent

3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.

4 He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

5 He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
Psalm 104:1-5, New International Version

Flames of Fire His Servants

Many of our devotions on the word, "servant," have dealt with our [Christians] being servants of God. In today's devotion we will focus on God and His attributes. With the perspective of God often being reduced to a God wringing His hands in heaven as He waits to see what decisions man will make, it is good to focus on the Bible's own revelation of God. We see a very different God described in Psalm 104.

Psalm 104 begins with praise to God.

Praise the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Then the psalmist begins to describe the attributes of God.

He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent.
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.

Who can stretch out the heavens? Can man? Who is the source of pure light? God's light is like a garment to him.

He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.

Just once, would it not be exhilarating to accompany God as He rides on the wings of the wind. We can fly in an airplane, but imagine being surrounded by only the clouds and the wind!

He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

What does this mean? God is all powerful. Remember when the sailors, on the sea of Galilee were frightened of Jesus when they realized that the winds obeyed His voice? This is the God we serve! He controls the winds and the flames of fire; they are servants of His to do his bidding.

He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

Do you really think that man can destroy this earth? It is true that this earth will be destroyed, but not by the hand of man. God has set this earth on its foundations, and it will never be moved until the appointed time when God, Himself, will destroy it and then make a new heaven and a new earth.

Let us bow before our God, and praise His holy name. What a privilege to be called a servant of God! Truly our God is clothed with splendor and majesty!

God Bless You,
Linda

No comments: