Mighty Winds from a Mighty God
1 Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
4 He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.
5 He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
There was a serious wind-storm the other day that had some very strong sustained gusts of winds that were strong enough to snap hydro-poles, knock down huge mature trees and cause black-outs in certain parts of the city. The wind blew garbage containers and recycling containers and caused them to topple over as well.
For a mature tree, what took decades to grow, it was knocked down within hours. We are the mercy of the winds and it is something that we cannot stop or control. We are all fearful if we face a hurricane or a tornado with winds that can rip houses off of their foundations. The winds are mighty, but God is mightier.
This Psalm reminds us that The Lord God is great and majestic. He controls all the elements of weather. It could be sunny, cloudy, windy or rainy. There is a weather system that runs automatically 24 hours, 7 days a week. God has put that in place and we need to live according to the weather that is in our habitat. However, God can rebuke the waters and they will move according to his command, just as he moved the waters for Moses in the parting of the Red Sea. We can marvel at how great He is and we saw a glimpse of that power in Jesus when he calmed the stormy sea and the winds. They obeyed his commands. If Jesus can control the winds and the waves that cause storms in our lives, then we can go to Jesus and ask for help to handle the trials in our lives. We can receive the strength and wisdom from him alone.