I know the greatness of the Lord -- that our Lord is greater than any other god. The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth. He sends the lighting with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses. He destroyed the firstborn in each Egyptian home, both people and animals. He performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his people. He struck down great nations and slaughtered mighty kings -- Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan. He gave their land as an inheritance, a special possession to his people Israel. Psalm 135: 5-12 NLT
Do you know the greatness of God? How has God shown you greatness in your own life? In your community of faith?
The psalmist remembers how God has shown greatness in the earth and in the lives of the Hebrew people. It pleased God to create the earth, the seas, clouds and rain, wind and lightening. God loved God’s people so much that God was willing to strike down the first born in each household -- both people and animals. God showed miraculous signs to Pharaoh and all of the people. God struck down those rulers who stood in the way of God’s people receiving their gift from God. These are the ways the psalmist remembers God’s greatness.
I hope you and I can remember less violent ways that God has shown greatness in our lives. However, I do admit that Jesus’ own death was pretty violent. But the resurrection was a nonviolent way in which God showed God’s greatness. Can you recall some others in the Bible? How about in the history of your community of faith? In your family’s history? In your own life story?
God, you are so great! Amen!
Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012