Friday, January 25, 2013

The Lord Is Great!

 5For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
 6Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
 7He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. 
(Psalm 135:5-7, King James Version)

The Lord Is Great!

With great assurance the Psalmist proclaimed, "For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods." As believers, that is our assurance as well, and what a great assurance that is. What do we know about God, and how does that affect our daily lives?

From the words of Psalm 135, we know that God does what He pleases, not only in heaven, but also here on earth as well. Nothing on this earth is out of God's control, whether it be in the earth, in the seas, or even all of the deep places.

In our scientific age, we do not tend to think this way, do we? When we see the rains come, hear the thunder roll, and watch the lightening strike, we do not say, "God caused that lightning to strike exactly where it did, and exactly at that very moment." The more we learn about our physical universe, the less likely we are to think that God ordains all things.

Yet, where then does that leave us? Where is the peace and comfort that exists in knowing that all things are under the care of our tender and loving Father? Apart from those who love the Lord, that peace does not exist.

Man, in his arrogance, cannot conceive of an eternal God who rules over every aspect of His Creation. As a matter of fact, most do not even believe that this world was created by God. Everything, in their minds, has evolved by chance with the dominant species moving forward to a more advanced being.

Yet, that is not what we are told in God's Word. Right from the very first book of the Bible, the order of creation is revealed. This great and mighty God spoke into existence the light and darkness, earth, plants, waters, animals, sea life, and man. Our God, who has this power, has no difficulty providing for and caring for His creation.

Yet, from the beginning Satan, in his own rebellion against God has determined to destroy man and this world in which he lives. Believing his lies, Eve and Adam fell from their perfection into sin, and so has mankind and this world been under the curse of sin ever since. Yet God, even before time began, had a plan to save man from his hopeless, lost condition. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, the God Man, salvation is available, and so the conflict between Satan and his minions, and God, continues. Who will win this conflict?

Just as God had the plan in place before time began, so are the results already ordained. At the end of time, Satan and his followers--spirits and human--will all be cast into the lake of fire. It is almost more than we can comprehend. No wonder, then, we can share the excitement expressed by the Psalmist and say, "Yes, the Lord is great!" There is none like our God; no one can stay His hand. We have perfect peace and trust in God who, alone, is truth personified.

Go, then, this day in the peace and confidence of the Lord. It is He who has saved us, and it is He who will keep us until the time we will go to be with Him forever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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