A Refuge from the Storm

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Psalm 57:1 (ESV)

IMG_2028An evening thunderstorm forming over Casa Grande in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park, Texas – 05/20/2014

© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.

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Praise the LORD from the Earth, You…Snow

Psalm 148:7-13 – Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, 8 fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 10 Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children! 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.

2014-01-02 - Praise the LORD from the Earth, You…Snow (IMG_1614_ADJ)Freshly fallen snow blankets the trees in our back yard early this morning.  Morrow, Ohio.

Here is another great passage from the book of Psalms where we read about all the earth praising the Lord, even the snow!  It is not too difficult to see God’s handiwork in an enchanted scene like this.  And yet, Psalm 148 tells us it is not just the majestic and beautiful parts of creation, but even the fire, hail, mist, and stormy winds that fulfill his word.

God in his sovereignty commands all of his creation; he can create storms (Jonah 1:4) and he can calm storms (Mark 4:39).  With all of his magnificence on display in the world around us it should be evident, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

So, who is it that is without excuse?  Not only does the psalmist tell us who it is, the “Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!  Young men and maidens together, old men and children!”  He then goes on to tell us what it is that they should be doing and why, “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.”

Read more about my “God is Revealed…“ category of posts

© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.