Tuesday, June 16, 2015

wonders and might

Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
Psalm 77:13-15

Celebrating what God has done for us is a key part of real, heartfelt worship. It is the call Asaph makes in this psalm as he opens with describing questions in his soul that have him struggling. It seems he is at a point where it "appears" God is distant. But to move beyond this, he must bring his frame of mind back to worship. He does this by choosing to recall God's past miraculous care of Israel. Soon he is praising God again.

He realizes that only God could have done for His people what their history shows. He is indeed a holy and great God comparable to nothing else. He alone does wonders.

Israel saw God's might from their collective birth as a nation in the Exodus from Egypt. God delivered them from the most powerful empire of their day. Pharaoh's armies drowned in the Red Sea, the same sea that Israel crossed on dry land! God gave them a land of abundance in Canaan in which to live and worship Him. He did wonders among them.

Israel did not redeem themselves. There was no slave uprising to topple Egyptian cruelty. God brought them out and God led them to a new land. God was their redeemer. And His power was to be praised!

And so Christ is my Redeemer and strong Deliverer. He has done mighty things for me. Jesus has done wonders. Each salvation in the church is an Exodus from sin's slavery. His might is known among His people. Death is broken over us by His death and resurrection. Amen!

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