You, O God “who churns up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD Almighty is your name” (Isa. 51:15b) —
–your power, Lord, is unlimited,
–your wisdom is boundless,
–your greatness is without end,
–your glory is eternal,
–your holiness is without change.
Therefore you are worthy of exaltation and fear, of worship and honor, of praise and obedience.
Although you are so great and we so small,
although you are so powerful and we so weak,
although you are so holy and we so sinful,
yet you proclaim, “I am the LORD your God” (Isa. 51:15a)!
What a wonder, what a joy, what a foundation for life, what a comfort! You, who are so mighty and marvelous, managing the magnificent expanses of space, stoop down to make yourself our God: personal, knowable, loveable, trustable.
To have such a great and personal God means an end to fear: the fear of man,
the fear of the future,
the fear of failure,
the fear of loss,
the fear of suffering…
no need to “live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor…” (Isa. 51:13).
You are greater than the deceptive devil, greater than miniscule men, greater than puny people who seek to control, hurt, manipulate or use us.
You, the Eternal One, have made yourself our shepherd, our rock, our fortress, in you alone can we find rest. May we look in no other place!