Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you

Psalm 89:8-18

Good News Translation (GNT)

 8 Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you;
   in all things you are faithful, O Lord.
 9 You rule over the powerful sea; you calm its angry waves.
10 You crushed the monster Rahab (a)
   and killed it; with your mighty strength you defeated your enemies.
11 Heaven is yours, the earth also;
   you made the world and everything in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
   Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing to you for joy.
13 How powerful you are! How great is your strength!
14 Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice;
   love and faithfulness are shown in all you do.
15 How happy are the people who worship you with songs,
   who live in the light of your kindness!
16 Because of you they rejoice all day long,
   and they praise you for your goodness.
17 You give us great victories;
   in your love you make us triumphant.
18 You, O Lord, chose our protector;
   you, the Holy God of Israel, gave us our king.

Psalm 89:10 A legendary sea monster which represented the forces of chaos and evil.

Taken from 'word-on-the-web' supplied by Scripture Union

Psalm 89 is one of the most poignant poems in the whole of Scripture.
The psalm opens with a song of praise, a statement of God's Word and his promise,
continuing with praise for the enormity of God and his incredible power.
Such sovereignty surely enables God to uphold the covenant and protect his loved ones:
after all, he is the Creator and the universe bows before him.
They knew, as we do, that God is love; he cannot change.

'How happy are the people who worship you with songs, who live in the light of your kindness!' (v 15).

This is learned behaviour,
acquired by looking back and forward and seeing a faithful and trustworthy God.
The psalmist, in summary, says sing, acclaim, walk in the light,
rejoice and celebrate - for God is our strength and glory.

Such action may take all we have and here Christ is the perfect example.

'Why have you forsaken me?',

he cried - and yet he had confidence to say,

'into your hands I commit my spirit'.

3 Matt 27:46; Luke 23:46

We, however, are privileged to know of Christ's reign
and the establishment of the eternal Davidic line.

If you feel agony today,
dare to praise God. He can see the future you can't.

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