Scripture Psalm 147:5-6
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
- The greatness of the Lord – in power, in understanding both
- What does God’s power do? It lifts up the downtrodden and casts (down) the wicked
- Image of God is of higher than us, immeasurable
- “Our’ Lord is great
The Psalms always speak something to me. It is as if God crammed my entire range of human experience – good and bad, high and low into 150 poems. These verses contrast the greatness of God, the immeasurable understanding of the Lord, with our human condition where the (presumably) good are downtrodden and the wicked lifted up. The greatness of God alone can overcome and reverse this reality.
Of course it suggests that – as we know – the wicked do prosper and the good are sometimes downtrodden. To generalize a bit, our circumstances may not, and often are not, what our human desires and perceptions think they ought to be. But the Lord is both above these realities, wiser than them, and more powerful than they.
How do I lean into God’s greatness today? How do I open myself to the udnerstanding that is beyond my ability to comprehend? That is the real challenge – not the very real challenges that confront me today.
Great God, today I choose to live in your abundant power and not in my own. Today I will open mind and heart to the your understanding that is beyond my understanding. If I feel downtrodden, may I know that you will uplift. if I am troubled but what seems unfair, unjust, evil – may i remember that the power that lifts me and lifts all who rely on you will also put down the power of the wrong and the supposed understanding of the wrong. In the name of the One through whom you do these things – Jesus, our savior. Amen.