Take a few minutes to push the “pause” button on whatever is going on around you and be still with God.
1 The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
2 your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the Lord!
5 Your decrees are very sure;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.
The past year has filled me with anxieties. I am not a person who likes conflict and division. After watching the news, or reading facebook, or just talking to some of my sisters and brothers at church, I feel anxious. Sometimes I turn pessimistic about the world and the church. As the psalmist states, “the floods have lifted up, the floods lift up their roaring.” Floods and flood imagery are used as a symbol of distress in the Bible. So the psalmist is saying that he sees a flood coming and hears the mighty roaring of rushing waters around him. Yet, above the threat and noise of the flood, the psalmist sees a vision of the “King, robed in majesty… and girded with strength.” The psalmist takes comfort in the fact that no matter how threatening things seem, no matter how loud the noise, the one who rules the water is in charge. The psalmist reminds himself that the Lord’s “decrees are very sure.”
God, when I have anxieties about today and the future, help me to remember You are the Everlasting God. You hold the world in Your hand. Remind me that every hair on my head is numbered and that my name is written on the palms of Your hands. Amen
Go with God!