Thursday, June 26, 2014

Why I Love Thunderstorms:

Photo of lightening over Magician Lake, in MI. Taken by Ruth Irons
In his old age, king David reflected on how God had rescued him time and time again, and he used the imagery of a thunderstorm to try to explain how God heard his prayers and came to save him, stopping at nothing.

 There are so many things I appreciate about this poem (while the whole passage is a favorite, I underlined parts that stick out to me), but I particularly appreciate how, now, every thunderstorm I experience is a reminder of God's concern, power, and determination to rescue me (us).

It's recorded both in 2 Samuel and in Psalms (with slight variations).
Below is the one from 2 Samuel. It's chapter 22 and verses 7-20 to be precise.

In my distress I called upon the LORD;
to my God I called. 
From his temple he heard my voice, 
and my cry came to his ears. 

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations of the heavens trembled
and quaked, because he was angry. 
Smoke went up from his nostrils, 
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him. 
He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet. 
He rode on a cherub and flew;
he was seen on the wings of the wind. 
He made darkness around him his canopy, 
thick clouds, a gathering of water. 
Out of the brightness before him
coals of fire flamed forth. 
The LORD thundered from heaven,
and the Most High uttered his voice. 
And he sent out arrows and scattered them;
lightning, and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen;
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at the rebuke of the LORD, 
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 

He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me, 
for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me. 

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