1 The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3 Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. 4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory. 7 All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols—worship him, all you gods! 8 Zion hears and rejoices and the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments, Lord. 9 For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.
How great is our God? Simply stated, there is none like Him. He is the King of kings and the Lord of Lord. He is Savior, Master and Redeemer. He is before all and over all. Truly, there is none like Him.
Sadly though, we don’t always live and act like He is God. All too often, instead of trusting in Him, we trust in ourselves or the world around by attempting to make a life and living for ourselves independent of who He is and what He has planned for us should we seek first His kingdom and righteousness. Thus, rather than recognizing Him for who He is and submitting our lives by willingly coming under the shadow of His wings, we often seek flight from the sovereign hand of the Almighty. Rather than allowing Him to be God, we naturally seek to displace Him by making someone or something else god. The result is that instead of seeking His presence, we too often seek to be our own deity by prostituting our internal heart throne to the highest bidder instead of entering into His presence.
In re-reading this Psalm 97, I am immediately captivated by verse 9:
For you, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
Do I really believe He is exalted above all things? Do I trust that nothing can exceed His rule and reign? Am I confident no situation or circumstance can escape His ability? Do I believe He is the One and only sovereign God who wants to be ever present in my life? If so, then I have no reason not to trust Him with all of my heart. Instead, I should seek to give Him His rightful place on the throne of my life, to follow His lead, and to realize that He will be faithful to direct each and every step of my life as He has promised (see Proverbs 3:5-6). Oswald Chambers once wrote, “If we have never had the experience of taking our casual, religious shoes off our casual, religious feet – getting rid of all the excessive informality with which we approach God – it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence.”
Will you today, stand in the presence of the almighty to allow Him to wash over you and overwhelm you with His presence? Will you rejoice in who He is and what He has done to allow your life to be a fragrant aroma of worship to Him? You will not be disappointed.