Showing Power AND Love

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

Psalm 97-98

love_powerI love the Psalms. As a music guy, I love the thought that they were initially meant to be sung – they’re worship songs! I particularly love how they give us glimpses into God’s character. Psalms 97 and 98 both contain verses that declare the power of God:

97:1 ADONAI reigns, let the earth rejoice, let the many islands be glad. 2 Clouds and darkness are all around Him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3 Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries on every side. 4 His lightning lights up the world— the earth sees and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of ADONAI, at the presence of the Lord of all earth. 6 The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples have seen His glory. 7 Let all who serve graven images be ashamed—who boast in idols. Bow down before Him, all you gods!

…and…

98:6 With trumpets and sound of the shofar blast a sound before the King, ADONAI7 Let the sea roar and all within it, the world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together— 9 before ADONAI, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with fairness.

Clearly, we serve a powerful God – one with the power to create and with the power to destroy. Our God can command nature to do worship Him if we won’t!

But both Psalms remind us that, beyond His power, God infinitely loves His children. Psalm 97 tells us:

10 You who love ADONAI, hate evil! He watches over the souls of His godly ones. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in ADONAI, you righteous ones, and praise His holy Name.

…while Psalm 98 says:

2 ADONAI has made His salvation known. He has revealed His righteousness before the eyes of the nations. 3 He has remembered His lovingkindness, His faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Shout joyfully to ADONAI, all the earth. Break forth, sing for joy, and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to ADONAI with the harp, with the harp and a voice of melody.

What’s the takeway from these two psalms? Two things: first, we should be in awe of our powerful God. We should never take Him lightly, and we should be grateful that He is so powerful.

Second, we should express our thankfulness for God’s kindness, faithfulness, and deliverance for us! We should never allow ourselves to lose sight of those characteristics.

How will you thank God today?

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