Tuesday, January 05, 2016 – Read – Psalm 66:5-7 – Our Awesome God!
Today in History
|1861||The merchant vessel Star of the West sets sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.|
|1914||Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year’s profits.|
|1920||GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.|
|1925||Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.|
|1982||A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.|
5 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
7 who rules by his might forever,
Whose eyes keep watch on the nations – let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah (ESV)
How big and awesome is your God?
Is He big enough to trust in the midst of every difficulty that you face in life? Or are you overwhelmed and battered down by those hard times that you face in life?
Are your challenges in life so great that you cannot trust God and have given in to worry and fear?
The Psalmist understood challenges on a personal basis. But rather than repeat those he, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, leaves us a short history lesson concerning Israel. He invites us to this lesson by saying, “Come and see what God has done.”
The scripture is God’s personal letter to you and I that is meant to rebuke, correct, instruct and encourage us on a daily basis. “Come and see” is our invitation today to apply God’s encouragement to our lives.
He first reminds them and us about the “Egyptian Challenge”. Egypt was a solution to one problem that became another even greater problem. Joseph brought his father Jacob and all of his brothers into Egypt to save them from a famine. 400 years later they found themselves slaves in a foreign land with the constant threat of death upon them if they did not obey. In spite of that God blessed them and favored them in slavery. They prospered to the point that Pharaoh, the most powerful world leader on the world scene of that day, was afraid of them and the God that blessed them.
God then raised up a great leader to take them out of Egypt. Moses was raised in Egypt but ran after killing an Egyptian. As he fugitive he spent 40 years hiding as a sheepherder in Midian. He stuttered and was not a very good speaker, and seemed to be uninterested in God and doing what God wanted done. He then challenged Pharaoh and his henchmen until the Angel of death brought judgment on the first born of all who refused to believe and trust God.
Pharaoh was glad to see them go, but soon changed his mind and went after them to recover the wealth in herds and valuables that they took with them. Moses and the Israelites were “trapped” between pharaoh with his great arm and the Red Sea.
It is here that the Psalmist reminds us about. “He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot.” As Pharaoh and his army bore down on them God divided the waters of the sea and instantly dried the sea bed so they could walk across on dry land. Most biblical historians estimate between 4 and 6 million people crossed before Pharaoh came charging after them and was drowned in the sea by the closing of the waters behind the Israelites.
Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron led the rejoicing of the Israelites with the following song.
“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, “Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” (Exodus 15:20-21)
It is easy to sing when we are celebrate good things, but keep in mind that our song and the memories of God’s great blessings are meant to encourage us long after the victory. Has God ever blessed your life? If you are a Christian and He by grace has saved you from your sin, you have been blessed by God. But as you think on these things you will remember many things that have blessed your life. Have you eaten today? God has enabled you to eat, to be clothed, and to have a safe place to sleep. Each day that we live it is God who keeps us alive. Our breath comes because of God’s blessing. Just as Pharaoh could not reach and destroy God’s people, all of the onslaughts of today cannot do anything that God has not designed for our good. And we know that for those who love God and who are called according to his purpose, all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Today, we live under the increased threat of terrorism in America. But God has not changed, nor is He unaware of the world threats against believers. The Psalmist also stated, “Who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations – let not the rebellious exalt themselves.” Selah
God’s power to deliver us has not changed. He Rules! He keeps watch on the nations! He warns the unbelievers (rebellious) not to exalt themselves. Why? Because their power and ability is under His careful watch. They cannot achieve that which He does not allow.
How great are your troubles today? Are you chased by an army seeking to destroy you? Or are you facing the sickness and death, difficulties beyond your control, or hard times that you think you don’t deserve?
God is greater than these things. He is an AWESOME GOD!
Trust Him alone today