The Power of Our God

8 Mar

Many of the psalm express the power of God over and against the power of other gods in the Israelite world. Our God is the one who has the power to change the weather and change lives. Psalm 135 is a song of praise and instruction to praise the God who freed God’s people from Egypt.

1-4 Hallelujah!
Praise the name of God,
praise the works of God.
All you priests on duty in God’s temple,
serving in the sacred halls of our God,
Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good,
sing anthems to his beautiful name.
And why? Because God chose Jacob,
embraced Israel as a prize possession.

The reason to shout Hallelujah to God is simple – because God has chosen the people of Israel. It is the relationship of creator and created, parent and child, lover and beloved the brings forth exuberant praise.

5-12
I, too, give witness to the greatness of God,
our Lord, high above all other gods.
He does just as he pleases—
however, wherever, whenever.
He makes the weather—clouds and thunder,
lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north.
He struck down the Egyptian firstborn,
both human and animal firstborn.
He made Egypt sit up and take notice,
confronted Pharaoh and his servants with miracles.
Yes, he struck down great nations,
he slew mighty kings—
Sihon king of the Amorites, also Og of Bashan—
every last one of the Canaanite kings!
Then he turned their land over to Israel,
a gift of good land to his people.

The psalmist writes that it is God who has the power to change our lives. In a world where weather meant life or death, God is the one who has the power over weather. In a world where people were enslaved, God is the one who has the power to give freedom.

13-18
God, your name is eternal,
God, you’ll never be out-of-date.
God stands up for his people,
God holds the hands of his people.
The gods of the godless nations are mere trinkets,
made for quick sale in the markets:
Chiseled mouths that can’t talk,
painted eyes that can’t see,
Carved ears that can’t hear—
dead wood! cold metal!
Those who make and trust them
become like them.

Our God is not one among many, but is the only true God. I believe different cultures all over the world have express worship for this one God in a variety of ways, but still there is one God. We also continue to have cheap gods – dead wood; cold metal – any many continue to worship them above the one God. For me, Lent is a time to sort out my worship. To make sure that other “little gods” have not gotten my attention or devotion. Our God is the never be out-of-date God, the one that is worthy of our worship and makes us worthy to worship God.

19-21
Family of Israel, bless God!
Family of Aaron, bless God!
Family of Levi, bless God!
You who fear God, bless God!
Oh, blessed be God of Zion,
First Citizen of Jerusalem!
Hallelujah!

And so we bless God. Bless God because the Divine exists and seeks relationship with us. Family of Phyllis, bless God. Family of Teresa, bless God. Family of Ann, bless God. Find some time today to bless God who has given you life and seek to bring wholeness and holiness to your live.

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2 Responses to “The Power of Our God”

  1. Teresa March 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    And you. Thank you. We’re pulling out your original lenten booklet to reuse. Miss you.

  2. Phyllis Terwilliger March 10, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I love your explanation of the “little gods” and the opportunity to address them during Lent. Thanks for your insight and willingness to share your words with others.

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