The Master Poet

As I was spending time in God’s word this morning, He brought it to my attention that He is an awesome poet.  I think I knew this already.  Anything pure that can be done and done well, of course He’s the Master of it.  So poetry is one of His specialties.  After reading Job 38, my measly attempts at writing poetry pale in comparison.  God is speaking to Job in this passage.  He’s asking Job if he was there when He created the world.  In asking Job this question, He poetically describes the creation.  It’s a beautiful picture of God’s control and majesty.  (And to think we don’t trust Him, and sometimes try to get ahead of Him in His plan for our lives!)  It’s like God is saying, “Who do you think did all of this?  Did you?  Were you even there?  I didn’t think so.  OK then, who are you to ever question me?  I’ve got this all planned out, AND I’m in control of it all.”  It reminds me of the verse, “I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “who IS, who WAS, and who IS TO COME, the ALMIGHTY!”  Revelation 1:8  I love  that.  What a great reminder of His omnipotence and  sovereignty, or supreme authority, over all creation.  So if you haven’t read Job 38 yet, you should.  

I like to compare different versions of the Bible when reading passages like this one.  So I read this in the NIV, the NKJV, and the Message.  Sometimes doing this gives me more insight into what the scripture is actually saying.  I also pray for God to speak to me through His word and give me new insights.  He always does.  My favorite moment in this representation of the creation is in Job 38:7  when God says “the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted for joy,” or praise.  Singing is one of my favorite forms of worship, and this allows me to believe that it may be one of God’s favorites too.  How awesome that He hadn’t created humans to sing His praises yet, so the angels and stars were singing for Him and for His pleasure.  How beautiful!   It’s like the Chris Tomlin song, “Indescribable!  Uncontainable!  You placed the stars in the skies, and You know them by name.  You are amazing God!”

I’m amazed by verses 8-11.   Here, God describes the ocean and asks, “Who shut up the sea behind doors / when I fixed limits for it  and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;  here is where your proud waves halt’?”  I love that my God still contains the wild outbursts of the ocean and confines it to it’s place.  If  it’s borders and walls move over time, as scientists have suggested, it’s only because it’s Creator allows it.  Praise God!

The nature lover and artist in me loves, in verses 25-28, where God speaks of bringing rain to drench the most desolate fields, wastelands and deserts.  God provides rain for places where no human has ever stepped foot.  This word picture He paints of  watering the desolate places to bring them beauty and life is so lovely to me.  It reminds me of what He does by His word and His Spirit in my own life.  I can imagine a wide open field one day dry and crusty from dehydration.  Then a torrent of rain comes, and in a few days grass, herbs and flowers are sprouting.  A dead field sprouts with life.  That’s God!  What can I say?  Just imagine it! 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”  John 1:1-4

Revelation Song by Kari Jobe/Gateway Worship

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, holy, holy is He.  Sing a new song to Him who sits on heaven’s mercy seat.  Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, holy, holy is He.  Sing a new song to Him who sits on heaven’s mercy seat.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.  With all creation I sing,  “Praise to the King of Kings!”  You are my everything, and I will adore You.

Clothed in rainbows of living color, flashes of lightening, rolls of thunder.  Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be, to You the only wise King.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.  With all creation I sing,  “Praise to the King of Kings!”  You are my everything, and I will adore You.

I’m filled with wonder, awestruck wonder, at the mention of Your name.  Jesus Your name is power, breath of living Water, such a marvelous mystery.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.  With all creation I sing,  “Praise to the King of Kings!”  You are my everything, and I will adore You.

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