Psalm 98: Let’s Make Some Noise!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I’ve been caught up in it before. You know, when witnessing greatness of some kind.

We all like it when we’re on the winning side of things, but I’m talking about something far bigger. I’m talking about such greatness that one is ecstatic to have simply been in the moment when the moment became history.

There is this roar; raw elation that erupts when we behold the unthinkable, the Cinderella story, the unbreakable record broken, the performance of a lifetime, that rare occasion so pregnant with magnificence, we are driven to our feet by sheer reflex.

I have to wonder, how often am I moved to such heights as I encounter my God? If He isn’t magnificent – beyond the full extent of my imagination – who is?

His scandalous love of sinful rebels is beyond compare. He has overcome unspeakable odds to rescue a remnant of the most unlikely of characters, even me. He has done for us what we could never do for ourselves, and He is far from finished. He will make all things new. All that was marred by the deadly consequences of Adam’s fall will be as it first was … “Good.”

How am I not perpetually driven to song and shouts at the greatness of our God? He is most assuredly worthy of praise; all the noise a redeemed people can make.

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Psalm 97: Ruler

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every ruler is eventually deposed, by vote or violence.

Every champion is victor for only a season; perhaps for an era if exceptional.

All dynasties come to the end of the line, relegated to the pages of history and an echo of societal significance.

Even nations and empires – seemingly invincible – come and go (slowly for sure), rising and falling per the ebb and flow of worldly power.

Such is the way of created things; subject to a will greater than our own.

The Lord reigns.

And He does so whether we believe it or not; whether we like it or not.

He is either our greatest rival or safest refuge depending upon our posture toward Him.

“Rejoice in the Lord … give thanks to His holy name.”

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Psalm 96: Starstruck

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Legendary … What person, place or thing leaps to the front of your mind when you read that word?

Is it an artist? An athlete? A world leader or an intellectual giant? How about a majestic mountain range or white sands and an aqua-blue ocean front? Perhaps it’s a wonder of the world or just a wonderful world that garners the attention of all its inhabitants.

Whatever or whomever we deem legendary, we will honor, we will celebrate, we will revere and we will ultimately worship. It’s hard-wired in us. We were made to worship.

Think about it. None of us have to be taught to “sing the praises” of the exceptional; we do it as naturally as breathing. Watch those who seek audience with or an autograph from a celebrity … shortness of breath, nervous laugh, excessive accolades; starstruck.

We are less of who we were made to be when we laud as supreme the talents of mere mortals, while matchless splendor envelopes the One who fashioned those mortals and granted them life.

Fix your gaze on the breathtaking beauty of God, and you will sing along with heaven and earth, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!”

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