Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fw: bigger than our problems

Psalm 95:
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95 is a grand statement about the greatness and the reality of God.  We recently had news of an earthquake in Indonesia.  Earthquakes can have their origin deep within the earth...up to about 400 miles down!  These are places that man can't begin to reach.  But the God who created the earth can see all the way through because "in his hand are the depths of the earth".  And we recently heard about the active volcano in Hawaii and the lava flows that have threatened homes even as the island, itself, was formed this way.  We wonder how such power can be tamed but we also read: "the heights of the mountains are his also".  We look out on the vast expanse of the ocean and it seems endless and we consider the great depth.  The average depth of the ocean is over 2 miles and it is almost 7 miles deep at the greatest.  71% of the earth's surface is covered by water.  But we are comforted to know that "the sea is his, for he made it...".
And if your life seems to have very deep issues (as the faults that cause earthquakes) and if your life seems to be erupting uncontrollably, like a volcano, and if your life seems so vast and unruly as a storm-tossed sea....remember there is One who is greater...One who sees deeply and beyond your vision...One who is able to hold together that which He fashioned.  He made the depths and the heights and the expanse of land and sea...and He also made you!
So let's join with the psalmist at the beginning of his psalm:
95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.

Rob Smith

"Death is inevitable.  Life is a choice!"

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

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