7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Works of the Lord
The Psalmist encourages us to behold the works of the Lord, but surely God does not have the same impact upon the world today as He did in the time of the Psalmist, does He? We may not actually vocalize such thoughts, but most professing Christians today are guilty of thinking in such a manner. Somehow we see this day of modern warfare as being above the influence of God.
Such thoughts could not be farther from the truth! God is just as proactive in our day as He was in the time of David. There has never been a time, nor will there ever be a time when God is not in control! As we observe the rise and fall of nations, we can say just as assuredly as did the Psalmist, "Come, behold the works of the Lord!"
That is important to note, especially when we are just a day away from seeing the largest city in the United States literally shut down due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, which was preceded by only a few days, with an earthquake which shook this same nation's capital. Is the United States above the Law of God? Cannot God, with just a flick of His finger, bring great devastation upon this or any other nation?
It is good for us to remember who this God is whom we serve. He is not brought under the control of mere men, but rules among the nations just as He has since the day He spoke this world into existence. Yet He does so with a love for His creation which we cannot begin to understand. Though man sinned and separated himself from God, yet God already had a plan in place to redeem man, and to bring him back into a state of fellowship with Him.
That very plan looks forward to the day when God will bring all of His children home to live with Him forever. This world, so corrupted by sin, will be replaced with a new earth, perfect in all of its beauty, a mere reflection of its great Creator. Not only will it be physically perfect, but the men who live upon it will be perfect as well.
Not even our fairy tales end so well, do they? This is the God we serve, indeed, come and behold the works of the Lord!
God Bless You,