Let all that I am praise the Lord.
O Lord my God, how great you are!
You are robed with honor and majesty.
You are dressed in a robe of light.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind.
The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.
You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved.
You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains.
At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed.
Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth. Â Â Psalm 104:1-9 (NLT)
Lectionary texts: Job 38:1-7, 34-41, Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37c, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45
This week’s lectionary texts speak to me about the power of my LORD. They are texts that, for me, speak best as I look up into the changing sky. As I watch the clouds move, the sun rise and set, the stars too numerous for me to count, I am reminded of my worries and concerns and my spirit is assured as I open my hands and release those to the Creator of all I see and do not see.
Job 38 begins God’s response to all that Job and his buddies have said about Job’s situation. Now God reminds them of how little they actually know.
Hebrews 5 reminds me of how even the â€œholiestâ€ of us cannot come into the presence of God by our own offerings and sacrifices. It is only through Jesus, our High Priest anointed by God, that we are admitted into the Throne Room of God.
And then in Mark 10, I follow the stumblings of my fellow disciples who ignorantly believe that their relationship to Jesus elevates them to a possible place on the adjoining thrones of Jesus. And here is where I drop to my knees and consider my own mind set.
It is good to hear and receive the love of my Father God. It is good to meditate on how much He loves me and His love has no conditions. He gives and gives and gives His love. BUT it is also good to consider that the ocean that can rock my world with a Class 5 hurricane â€“ fits in the palm of my LORD’s hand. The hurricane that seems so overwhelming is but a whistle. And so I am sitting here considering our relationship and I am humbled and I weep that we have a relationship!
My Redeemer Lives written and sung by Nicole C Mullen