Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18; 2 Corinthians 7:8-16; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 22:17-19
Our Great Lord!
Psalm 48 was written by the descendants of Korah, who were temple assistants. It is a Psalm that claims the Lord’s blessings and protection over His holy city. The imagery of the great city is likened to the greatness of God who fills the mighty temple. “Consider her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever” (vs. 13-14).
As the mighty city reminded those temple assistants of the greatness of God, so nature does for me. In July, I had the honor of being one of the chaplains for the Junior High session at Camp Wingmann. Early in the mornings, before the activities got started, I would go for a morning walk. During one of those walks, I was awestruck by the most beautiful sunrise. Yes, I know we live in a fallen world and nature can be a dangerous place but at that moment I was in awe of God’s handiwork in creation. In the silence of that morning, creation shouted the very presence of our great Lord!
The images of this Psalm should remind us of the greatness of our God. Yes, we live in a world broken by sin. Trials and tragedies occur, but we can face those times with the security, the hope, that God will lead us through and that one day… our mighty God will establish us in His city forever.
The Rev. Deke Miller
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
New Smyrna Beach, FL