READ : Psalm 93
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the Lord on high is mighty. (Psalm 93:4, NIV)
Perhaps you have stood on the shore as huge pounding waves crashed on to the beach. The roaring breakers can be loud enough to drown out conversation. Psalm 93 draws our attention to that experience of nature’s awesome power.
Sometimes such power can be destructive. At the end of 2004 the “breakers of the sea” turned deadly as a tsunami rocked the coast of the Indian Ocean. These were waves unlike anyone had ever experienced. We’ve also seen the destructive power of wind and waves in the hurricanes that struck the Gulf coast last year.
Unlike the roaring waters, the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved, says the psalmist. That is figuratively true, but another devastating natural disaster last year (the earthquake in the mountains of Pakistan) reminded us that the earth—or at least its crust—can and does move.
The most powerful displays of natural forces remind us that the Lord is mightier than the waters, more firmly established than the earth itself. Using Isaac Watts’ hymn we offer praise to our mighty God.
I sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad
and built the lofty skies.
Lord, I praise you that you use your great power to save your people!