Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Psalms That Meet Me in the Mess - Fearing God in His Favor

The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
Psalm 77:16

The authority and power of God never ceases to enthrall me.  Psalm 77 speaks of the day that God parted the Red Sea.

The Israelites had escaped from Egyptian slavery and were being pursued by hundreds of Egyptian warriors.  In a moment of panic, hopelessness, and confusion, God made a way when there appeared to be no way.

He parted the waters of the Red Sea and allowed His rescued people to walk across on dry land.
Daunting walls of water on either side.  Walls that could tumble at any moment and envelop the Israelites in a liquid grave.

The bible doesn't express it, but I imagine a roar of wind and water.  I imagine tears and trembles and the holding of breath.  I imagine total and absolute terror.

I imagine Great White Sharks, Giant Sea Turtles, and other marine life approaching the walls, sliding along the boundaries like a larger than life aquarium witnessing God's glory and simultaneously multiplying the fear in the hearts of the Israelite people.

What I don't have to imagine, is the fact that the Israelites came face to face with the unshakable truth that their lives are in God's hands.  Oxygen filled their very lungs by the order of the almighty.  Their hearts continued its life-giving rhythm because of a never-sleeping creator.  Their children's frail bodies were kept in tact and full of life because the most powerful entity of all existence was holding up walls of water on either side of them and holding back the enemy.  They had their very being because of His favor.

Once they had crossed safely to the other side, all it took was a swipe of Moses' staff to bring the waters back down.  Back down and on top of every single Egyptian horse and rider who had pursued.  Of all the warriors that bared down on the fleeing Israelites, not a single one survived their foolishness to test their mightiness against God.  

Exodus 14:30 records how the Israelites saw the Egyptians' dead bodies on the shore.

If that doesn't invoke your respect, check your pulse.  

Even crushing waters obey His slightest whim.

That's how my fear of God is defined, my friend.



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