Going Deeper 5-29-19

‚ÄčThe Psalm for Easter 7...
Psalm 97   The Lord is king!  Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!  Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.  Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.  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 behold his glory.  All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.  Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.  For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.  The Lord loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.  Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Indeed, "The Lord is king!"  While that is truly an understatement, God is in many ways very much a king.  God rules over the universe and possesses not merely great power, but in truth infinite power.  Also, God's judgments hold ultimate authority.  What God says is truth in its purest form.

And yet God is much more than a king.  God is a very different kind of ruler.  While He possesses ultimate power and authority, God has chosen to rule with love.  While He could command total obedience and allegiance, God grants His subjects freedom to choose autonomy.  God chooses to reveal Himself as our Father in heaven and to relate to us as children rather than subjects.

Yes, the Lord is so incredibly powerful that "mountains melt like wax before" Him.  However, God chose to encounter His children throughout history on the tops of mountains, and He expressed His infinite love by allowing Himself to be crucified on top of a mountain.  This King of kings, shortly after washing feet, wore a crown not made of gold and gems, but of thorns forced mockingly upon His head.  A very different kind of King indeed!!  A King who rules with love.

God deserves our praise and adoration, for our Creator is an awesome and powerful King.  God also deserves our love and allegiance, for our Savior revealed an incredible grace.  "Zion hears and is glad," and the people respond with both worship and service.  "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, (righteous because of God's goodness, not our own!) and give thanks to his holy name!"

With You in His Loving Service,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."