“He Restores My Soul”

“He Restores My Soul” November 12, 2012

Aslast Tuesday’s election returns came in, I grabbed my Bible. The schedule I’musing had me in Psalm 97 that day. Coincidence? I think not. Here’s what I readat 9:00 Tuesday evening:

1The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let themany coastlands be glad!

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justiceare the foundation of his throne.

Fire goes before him burns up his adversaries all around.

His lightnings light up the world; earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, the Lord ofall the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, all the peoples see hisglory.

All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boastin worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice,because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you areexalted far above all gods.

10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil!He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from thehand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous, and joy forthe upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,and give thanks to his holy name!

What did God’s word give me that evening? Clarity:“The Lord reigns.” Joy: “Let the earth rejoice.” Hope of unity among theelectorate: “the earth… the many coastlands.” Humility: “Clouds, thickdarkness, fire, and lightning.” Confidence: “Righteousness and justice are thefoundations of his throne.” Comfort: “He preserves the lives of his saints.”Duty: “Rejoice in the Lord and give thanks.”

And mission: This God is awesome. I have to tell people about this!