THE SERVANT GENERAL
FATHER, LIKE CHILDREN
Today's psalm once again emphasizes our 2010 theme for us.
"You, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth,"
(Ps 97:9a), and "justice and right are the foundation
of his throne." (Ps 97:2b). The Almighty! Just and righteous
again we confront the reality of our Almighty God. He is awesome.
"Fire goes before him; lightning illumines the world;
the mountains melt like wax before the Lord, the earth sees
and trembles." (Ps 97:3a,5a,4). He is "Lord of all
the earth" (Ps 97:5b). God is "exalted far above
all gods" (Ps 97:9b), and "all gods bow down before
(Him)" (Ps 97:7c). There is none like Him. Awesome is
He in His majesty. The Almighty!
our awesome and Almighty God is not above getting involved
in our lives. He is not unmindful of our struggles and afflictions.
He is not unconcerned about our well-being, especially given
the darkness and evil in the world. "The Lord loves those
who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, rescues
them from the hand of the wicked." (Ps 97:10). These
actions are about His justice and righteousness. God opposes
the unrighteous, and God acts justly toward the faithful,
giving them the love, protection and salvation that they deserve.
if we are to be truly God's children, if we are to manifest
the image and likeness of God by which we were created, if
we are to follow in the very footsteps of Jesus, then we need
to grow in becoming more like our God. We are to be holy as
God is holy, we are to be merciful as the Father is merciful,
we are to be obedient to God as Jesus was to the Father, we
are to carry our cross as Jesus carried his cross, we are
to love others as God has loved us. God is just and righteous,
and so should we be. "Light dawns for the just; gladness,
for the honest of heart." (Ps 97:11).
such an awesome God who is just and righteous, all can truly
rejoice. "The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let
the many islands be glad." (Ps 97:1). In our reverential
fear, humbled in His presence, purified by suffering, growing
in justice and righteousness, we can only be filled with joy,
as we bow down in worship before our Almighty God. "Rejoice
in the Lord, you just, and praise his holy name." (Ps
bless you all.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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