Psalm 18:12-13 and Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
“From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice. Hailstones and coals of fire.” Psalm 18:12-13
Coals of Fire and Biblical Imagery
The Bible’s Old Testament psalms and prophecies often use very vivid imagery to describe God. In this passage brightness describes God’s holiness and glory. Thick clouds describe His mystery. God remains mysterious to us because He posses infinite knowledge and we cannot understand His ways.
Hailstones and coals of fire (used twice in this passage for emphasis) tell us of His wrath and judgment. Finally, the phrase the Most High gives the imagery of mountains and tells us there is no one stronger or greater than God.
Read about the greatness of God in Psalm 18.
Psalm 96:9 and a Snow and Hoarforst Covered Field, Sarpy County, Nebraska.
“Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” Psalm 96:9
God’s Perfect Splendor of Holiness
What does it mean that God is holy and why does Psalm 96 call us to worship Him? The holiness of God means He is completely pure without blemish. Evil does not exist in God. The splendor of His holiness is whiter than snow.
Good is so incredibly holy, so incredibly good, so incredibly magnificent the only true response one could have is to worship Him. Those who know God worship Him.
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Psalm 147:8 and Clouds Surround the North Shore of Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.
“It is He who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass sprout on the mountains (NASB).” Psalm 147:8
The Goodness of God in the Clouds
God brings the clouds. With clouds come the rain and snow. Following the rain and snow the grass grows green. The green grass represents abundance and bounty.
We don’t like the rain and the clouds in our lives, but as Romans 8 tells us God uses all things in our lives to work together for our good. Every storm in our life will make something in us grow greener. We we may not know what that is, but we can trust God that through each storm He is working things out for our good
Read all of Psalm 147
Psalm 57:10-11 and a Sunset Sky, Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri. “For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the … Continue reading →
Psalm 105:2-3 and the Inner Beauty of a Surprise Lily, Bellevue, Nebraska. “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.” … Continue reading →