So as I become quiet with only the early morning mist hanging lazily over the low-lying areas, as look out towards Cape Town, to accompany me, I am listening. The quiet settles around me and my thoughts slowly slide away as I wait expectantly.
“Lay down” I hear. “Lay down what Lord”?
“Lay down your resistance to me and my guidance and love, where you are going your way…
Lay down, in fact, lay down your life and trust in me completely”.
“Truly get out of the boat and stop trusting in it, and only then will you be able to walk on the water and even then you will not only walk I will make you will fly (Isaiah 40:31)I will take you up on the wings of an eagle.”
In my minds eye I see myself flying but now I am in a plane like a WW2 fighter pilot and what’s that? It’s flack bursting around me cannons and machine guns, puffs of smoke, I am in the midst of a great air battle. Then I remember “I am your shield – you are in the battle but I will protect you”.
“I will take refuge under your wings till this disaster has passed”.
Now the question I ask is, “If I trust only in the Lord, how do I live in this world where I must use the help of other people?”
“You can use their help – but keep trusting in Me – trust me to bring the right help”.
Psalm 148 A beautiful psalm of praise, bracketed again by the words praise the Lord! He is totally unique “from the heavens”. The word all is used 10 times but alone only once vs 13. He is the only one who deserves praise. So all the heavenly beings and all of creation is praising Him.
But here’s the thing – how does that happen, how do all these parts of creation praise Him? Think a bit on that one.
But there is a difference between His creation, inanimately praising Him and human praise.
What do you think that is?
The name for God here is His covenant name “Yahweh” and the people are to praise that name and Who that represents (vs13) and the people are described as the “saints of Israel” This speaks of a personal relationship, thoughtful praise and comes at the end of the description of all the rest of creation’s praise, which seems to remind me again of how central God is in all of the universe.
And then in vs 14 “He has raised up for His people a horn”. This speaks of power,a king., intimately bound to His people. Who could that be? David in the first place, but in the distant future, the very One who will make it possible for us to praise God from a new perspective.
So I am moved again afresh to want to praise God from the very core of my being.