A Season of Psalms - Psalm 97:3-6
“Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In 2001, Christianity Today published a survey of the top hymns of all time. “Amazing Grace” was ranked #1. Coming in second? A hymn with a traditional Swedish melody based on a poem written by Carl Boberg in 1885. The inspiration for the hymn came when Boberg was walking home from church one day and listening to church bells. A sudden storm erupted, getting Boberg’s undivided attention, and then just as suddenly the storm subsided to a peaceful calm. When Boberg returned home, he remembered the sights, sounds, and experiences of that thunderstorm which inspired the writing of “How Great Thou Art.”
How great is our God? Psalm 97 says that He is surrounded by clouds and thick darkness. Fire erupts before Him and consumes all His enemies. His lightning flashes forth and illuminates the world in a flash. At His presence and the sound of His voice, the mountains melt like wax. Day to day, the heavens call forth his righteousness, and all the people witness His glory. He is great because He manifests His glory in His people through the indwelling Holy Spirit. He sealed us for Himself with His Spirit and has promised us eternal life with Christ when our time on earth is over. We are His special possession, and He will not let us go! Thus we can echo the words of the psalmist in Psalm 126:3: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!” Are you filled with joy today for the great things God has done? The best is yet to come!
Further Reading: Psalm 48; Leviticus 20:22-26
Pray with me:
Father, I stand in awe of You. Holy God, to Whom all praise is due, I stand in awe of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.