Friday, May 25, 2012

Honor and Majesty

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
 2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
 3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
 4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: 

Honor and Majesty

Psalm 104 is perhaps one of the most beautiful psalms in its lovely imagery, but how can one adequately describe God? Truly God is greater than any of His creatures can possibly think Him to be. As one commentator expressed, "Inspired men have chosen the best terms wherewith to exalt God; and yet they are all inadequate."

The psalmist goes on,  "Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain." God, who created light is Himself light. If you will remember, Revelation 21 tells us that in the new heavens there will be no need of the sun, for God will illuminate the new Jerusalem with His light.
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). (Revelation 21:22-25, New King James Version)
Not only does God illuminate the city, but there will be no darkness--not even a shadow! Such things are truly beyond the scope of our understanding. What an amazing God we serve!

In verse 3 of Psalm 104, the psalmist said that God lays the beams of His chambers in the waters and makes the clouds His chariot. God walks upon the wings of the wind. Such a picture is almost impossible to imagine. When building a house, we lay our beams upon a solid foundation, but God lays His floor upon the waters - or mists. Gladly do the clouds and the winds obey the will of God. 

We, in the 21st century have a scientific reason for everything, but we have foolishly discounted the will of God. Weather predictions are based upon the law of averages. When a certain set of parameters are met, we gauge our predictions on what most likely happened in the past. Not even contemplating God who controls all things, we leave the rest up to chance. Is God bound by the past? Of course not. God speaks and the winds obey His bidding. Sadly, even believers today have difficulty believing that God actually orders the wind, the lightening, the rain, the storms, and so on.

Psalm 104 now leaves the realm of the inanimate and speaks of the angels of God. We learn that not only is the Lord the master of the physical properties and phenomenon of this world, but He is also the master of the angels, who obey His will in the strength of a flaming fire. Who can stay the hand of an angel? No mere man! Because we cannot see them, we tend to forget that angels move about in our world actively doing the will of God.

Take some time to ponder these wonderful truths. Truly we serve an awesome, majestic God who is beyond the realm of our ability to describe. His wonders are past finding out! This is the God we love and serve, and even more amazing, this is the God who loves us! Never are we parted from Him, for He is always moving us closer and closer to Him, until the time when we go to live with Him forever!

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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