Day 14: He is Unshakeable!
The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty; The Lord is robed, enveloped in strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. Your throne has been established from the beginning; You are from eternity. The floods have lifted up, Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves. Greater than the roar of many waters —the mighty breakers of the sea — the Lord on high is majestic. Lord, Your testimonies are completely reliable; holiness is the beauty of Your house for all the days to come. —Psalm 93:1-5
A world that is shaky is a reality I think we can all relate to in one way or another. Perhaps your world is shaking in your job, your marriage, your parenting, your relationships, your finances or your health. The list can go on and on. Psalm 93 assures us that the Lord reigns! He is in control. He is Creator, sustainer and ruler. Even in the midst of shaking, pounding waves, and roaring waters, the Lord is on high. He is reliable. He is sovereign over all things. We can rest in who He is!
God’s Word assures us that even in the midst of great shaking, we can rest and worship.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe… —Hebrews 12:28
Look at F.B. Meyer’s commentary on Hebrews 12:18-29:
“These Hebrew Christians were living in the midst of a great shaking. It was a time of almost universal trial. God was shaking not earth only, but also heaven. The Jewish tenure of Palestine was being shaken by the Romans, who claimed it as their conquest. The interpretation given to the Word of God by the rabbis was being shaken by the fresh light introduced through the words and life and death of Jesus. The supremacy of the Temple and its ritual was being shaken by those who taught that the true Temple was the Christian Church, and that all the Levitical sacrifices had been realized in Christ.” —The Way Into the Holiest (Expositions of the Epistle to the Hebrews) F.B. Meyer
I think we can all identify with their shaky world, even though the specifics of the circumstances are different. It’s reassuring for me to know that thousands of years ago people found hope and comfort in Jesus even in the midst of a shaky world. We need to go back to the beginning of the chapter to find some practical ways of responding to our shaky lives and shaky world.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. —Hebrews 12:1-3
- lay aside the burdens weighing us down and sin that clings closely (we looked at that yesterday)
- run with endurance the race (the life) set before us
- look to Jesus
Look to Jesus! I love the word for look in this passage:
look – aphoraō – to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something
When my world is shaking, when the waves are pounding and the waters are roaring, I look to Jesus. I turn my attentionand fix my thoughts on the One who is strong, secure, mighty, and robed and enveloped in strength. I turn to the One who created, sustains and upholds all things! And my world finds calm, peace and strength.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. —Colossians 1:16-17
What’s shaking and roaring in your world right now? How do these verses encourage you?
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is Unshakeable! When we look to Him, we find calm and peace in the midst of the crashing waves.
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on our amazing God. We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
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