A Season of Psalms - Psalm 135:8-12
“He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast; who in your midst, O Egypt, sent signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants; who struck down many nations and killed mighty kings, Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan, and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Do you believe in miracles?” Who can forget Al Michaels’ exuberant play-call from the “Miracle on Ice,” when the underdog United States hockey team upended the 4-time defending gold medal champion Soviet hockey squad? It was a classic David vs. Goliath matchup, and Sports Illustrated dubbed the game as the single greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Frequently overlooked is that the U.S. advanced to play Finland in the gold medal game, defeating them 4-2 and capturing Olympic glory for America. The gold medal was just a dream had it not been for a timely miracle.
If you read between the lines in Psalm 135, one understands that Israel believed in miracles. In verses 8-12, God had acted in a decisive way for His people when deliverance seemed impossible. He did mighty signs and wonders in Egypt which ushered in the Exodus; He removed military commanders and kings who impeded Israel’s journey toward the Promised Land, and He bequeathed those conquered lands as part of their heritage. To this day, our God is still in the miracle-working business. Our faith is founded upon a belief in a personal God who is intimately involved with the details of our lives. How else to explain restoration of health when life is threatened? How do we explain the sudden softening of hearts of stone that become tender hearts of flesh? Who turns our mourning into laughter and our gloom to joy? To whom do we turn to do what we know only God can do?
Do you believe in the miracle of grace? We deserved condemnation and death…but God sent His Son to free us from our bondage to sin, to restore us to a life-giving relationship with Him. Thus we can say with the psalmist in verse 3: “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!” God is still working miracles. If you’re reading this, you’re living proof!
Further Reading: John 9; Jonah 3
Pray with me:
God, You have done great things, and I am filled with joy! Open the eyes of my heart; I want to see You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.