Awesome Above All

“I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, ‘Steadfast love will be built up forever;
    in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness…’
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
    with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them…
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
The north and the south, you have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
who exult in your name all the day
    and in your righteousness are exalted.
For you are the glory of their strength;
    by your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 89:1–2,5-9,11-18

To know and acknowledge that God is awesome above all is to be blessed beyond imagining. He gives the faith and understanding, He is our glory and strength, His is the praise, and we the most blessed recipients of His steadfast love, faithfulness, and favor. How can this be?

None in heaven or on earth compares with the Holy One. The splendor of angels, the intelligence, fervor, and might of men, bow before this Lord of hosts. When we fear Him, and sing of Him, and walk in the light of His face exulting in Him, we rest and rejoice in His love. How can we be shaken?

When evil and wickedness get a foothold and seem to prosper, the LORD is awesome above all, every scheme of man and nation. When natural disasters churl and churn, blow and burn, He is mightier and higher and reigns with all power. When physical or mental health is broken unto pain and despair, His right arm is strong and His righteousness sure. When the heart is aching and choking on heaps of sorrow, or the darkness of fear or hopelessness or how to proceed looms, the LORD steadfastly loves and remains faithful to His promises. We cannot fathom the unfathomable, nor plumb the depths of His wisdom and ways, but He is trustworthy, and all can be well with our souls. (Psalm 92:7-9; 93:3-4)

What circumstances have jolted us from faith? What anguish threatens to undo us, what violence disturb our peace? Look to the skies! Remember the raging sea! Stand firm on the spinning world He upholds! God is awesome above all! Would we trust Him, exalt Him, cling to Him, praise Him?

Father, lift my eyes and trembling heart far above earthly concerns, to continually recite and rejoice that You are awesome, and You rule above and over all.

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