A Season of Psalms - Psalm 144:5-8
“Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke! Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them! Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Peek-a-boo, I see you!” If you have children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, you play this game often. You don’t play it primarily to test the concept of object permanence in the cognitive development of the child, but to see the bright smiles on their faces and the giggling that ensues. We play “peek-a-boo” to reveal ourselves and to show others that we are not imaginary, but completely real.
In Psalm 144, David isn’t playing games when he calls on the Lord to bend the heavens and reveal Himself. He calls for God’s mighty hand upon the mountains so that they erupt in smoke. He pleads for God to flash His lightning and scatter His enemies while rescuing David “from the hands of foreigners whose mouths speak lies…” David called for a mighty display of God in his time of desperate need. In the 21st century, the world is in desperate need of a display of God’s power. The solution? Until Christ returns, the people of God are the solution! The world needs to see the mighty power of our awesome God at work in us. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5 to live as children of light. No longer do we walk in darkness, but through Christ we are a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Wherever we go, whatever we do, we represent our King. Let’s represent Him well!
Further Reading: Ephesians 5:1-21; Titus 2:11-15
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. May I share Your light today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.