We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Here we see two important things about God…
A) The Lord reigns! The idea of God’s reign here is repeated a few times to emphasise this truth. His reign is from long ago and for all eternity (verse 2). The picture of the waters is about strong things that seem to oppose God. A flood of water can seem unstoppable and devastating. Like the mighty waves of the ocean, the floods symbolise revolt against God bringing disorder. Yet God’s rule is unrivalled for he is mighty.
B) The Lord is holy. This reminds us that God’s strength works through his perfect moral character, his holiness. God will never do anything that is not morally perfect, so we can trust him completely.
Can you imagine what it would be like if God were mighty but not holy, he would be an out of control despot. Now imagine if God were holy, but not mighty. He would never be able to defeat the world’s evils! Praise God that he is both.
We are to be holy because God is holy. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit helps us work this out into our everyday lives. During a troubled time in a church, I read this psalm as a declaration that, THE LORD REIGNS! After a while, the situation began to change, and God’s blessing was poured out.
Lord, thank you that you reign in our troubled world today. Help me to live a life of trust and holiness before you.