16The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
17The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.
18The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.
19Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
20Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Reading through these verses today reminded me that we live on a living, breathing planet! Nature is alive! However, though God has given man dominion over all nature, nature, so to speak, is much "wiser" than man! The waters see God and they are afraid--even the depths are troubled. When God's voice of thunder and flashes of lightening shake the world; it trembles under His Almighty hand.
Where is man in all of this? He is still trying to decide whether there really is a God! The joke is surely on us.
The psalmist is not trying to tell us that we should walk about trembling with fear, however. The psalmist, rather, is giving us a picture of our great, awe-inspiring God, stating that this God who holds such great power leads His children by the hand. How amazing is that?
God did not create this world and then turn His back upon man when man sinned. He could have! Neither does He force man, like robots, to love, honor, and worship Him. Again, He could have, but He did not!
God did the unthinkable--He sent His only Son to this earth to face the disdain and reproach of the "religious," dying at their hands, just so that He might save a people for Himself. That people, so undeserving of His love, are nurtured and sheltered, while all nature rages around them. Though they may live in the most dangerous place on earth, whether at the hand of man or nature, they are safe in the arms of their God and King.
Along with His arm of safety, He gives to each one of His children a specific purpose--a reason for living. Does He need them? No, but He has chosen the foolish ones of the world to confound the wise. It is an amazing story, is it not? Best of all--it is true!
So, the next time you see the lightening flashing, and hear the thunder rumble, think of our great and awesome God who holds the forces of nature in His hands. He, alone, deserves our love, honor, and praise. That is the true meaning of life--all else is just shifting sands!
God Bless You,