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.”

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

Whiter than Snow

Psalm 51:7-12 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

2013-12-06 - Whiter than Snow (IMG_0424)Freshly fallen snow along a fence line near the Carl A. Rahe Access. Little Miami State Park, Foster, Ohio.

While this photo is not from the winter storm that has blanketed us with snow here in southwestern Ohio today, I felt a winter theme was definitely in order for today’s post.  I hope to get out and add a few nice winter photos to my “portfolio” tomorrow.

The amazing thing about photography is that we can capture a moment in time and preserve it, allowing it to be appreciated for years to come.  What I find even more amazing, though, is that our God, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of the universe, does not see our sins like the photographs in an old family album.  Fortunately for us, through the blood shed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God has blotted out all our iniquities and removed the stain of sin from our lives.  Through Christ’s blood we have been washed clean and can rejoice knowing that we have been made whiter than snow!

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

He Changes Times and Seasons

In anticipation of the forecasted snow here in southwest Ohio tonight and tomorrow…

Daniel 2:20-22 – Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.”

2013-11-25 - He Changes Times and Seasons (IMG_0389)Freshly fallen snow on the banks of the Little Miami River near the Carl A. Rahe Access. Little Miami State Park, Foster, Ohio.

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.