Today is a reflection day.
A reflection day is a time to go back and review recent readings, asking the Lord to bring them together or to bring forth a fresh understanding. I usually flip back through the text and look where I have underlined or made a note. Psalm 47:1-2 caught my eye:
Clap your hands, all peoples!Shout to God with loud songs of joy!For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,a great king over all the earth.
I don’t know how that might strike you, but to me it seems a bit odd. The first verse brings into view excited, celebratory praise. The reason, found in verse two is because the Lord is to be feared. Fear usually provokes a response of trembling, cowering, hiding, or perhaps fleeing. But clapping of the hands and singing for joy?
Indeed this is a great tension for us. God is to be feared. He hates sin (for an indication of just how much, consider the cross and Hell). You and I are sinners. Fear makes sense. At the same time, He is our great savior and our perfect King. So shouts and songs of joy make sense. Our worship ought to bring these together. Fear of our awesome, holy, righteous and just God…. and delight in our loving King. Both are true.
in Him, Mike