August 7 - Mighty God

Sylvia Stewart

Today's Scripture: Psalm 29:10

Central Thought: Our most difficult problems are infinitesimal compared to our all-powerful God.

    At the end of Ezra 4 the work of God had come to a standstill. It seemed that the enemies of God had prevailed. However, when Haggai and Zechariah prophesied to the Israelites, they became so encouraged that they again '. . . set to work to rebuild the house of God . . .” (Ezra 5:2).

    In Psalm 25, David shouts the praise of his all-powerful God. The crescendo of David's praise rises until he breaks into extravagant adjectives. He says that the voice of God:

    Thunders (Ps. 29:3).
    Is powerful (Ps. 29:4).
    Is majestic (Ps. 29:4).
    Breaks the cedars of Lebanon (Ps. 29:5).
    Makes Lebanon skip like a calf (Ps. 29:6).
    Makes Hebron like a young wild ox (Ps. 29:6).
    Strikes flashes of lightening (Ps. 29:8).
    Shakes the desert (Ps. 29:8).
    Twists the oaks (Ps. 29:9).
    Strips the forest bare (Ps. 29:9).

This cataclysmic storm scene helped David to describe God's power.    A preacher once said, 'Stop telling God how big your problems are; start telling your problems how big your God is!”

Devotional Prayer: Today, Lord, help me to change my focus from my paltry problems toYour presence, power, might and glory!

Today's Bible Reading: Ezra 5:1–6:22; I Corinthians 3:5–23; Psalm 29:1–11; Proverbs 20:26–27