Posted October 27, 2015
 Your way, O God, is holy.What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders;you have made known your might among the peoples.
This psalm of Asaph is a psalm of lament; what exactly the psalmist is grieving over, we do not know. What we do know is that he is crying out to God from a dark place and that he feels forgotten and spurned. The very attributes of God like His steadfast covenantal love seem nowhere to be found, His promises expired, His graciousness mute, and His compassion passed over. Things seem to take a turn in verse 10 as the psalmist does the disciplined work of remembrance and meditation. He chooses to think on and ponder not His present day disappointment but rather the past faithfulness and prior works of God. For him, the battle is real: is God today who He was yesterday? If so, then I can trust Him. What are some of the truths of God he rehearses that lead him from sorrow to song?
Holy + Great
First, he remembers that God’s way is holy; it is set apart and different altogether. Even in the midst of our suffering and confusion, a vital recognition is that His way is “otherly.” His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts. We may never have chosen the way He has, we may never comprehend a season or situation we find ourselves in, but His holiness remains. His way is holy. Not only is His way holy, but He is great. The gods of old boasted of greatness, but God is greater. He is unparalleled and unsurpassed. Who is like Him? None.
Wonder-worker + Mighty
His greatness is revealed not in theological abstractions, but in tangible and specific ways. In the Old Testament, one of the ways His greatness was made manifest in God’s power shown as He freed His people from Pharaoh’s ruthless rule and led them into the Promised Land. God’s might was put on display, showing His power over all of Egypt and Canaan’s gods… Not only were His wonders put on display at the Red Sea, but also in the New Testament in Bethlehem as Jesus took on flesh to become one of us and at Calvary when He took our sins upon His shoulders. He is the wonder-working mighty King who laid down His life for His enemies in order that He might call them friends and family.
As for us today, will we choose to exercise the discipline of remembrance and gratitude in the midst of sorrow, or will we rehearse our current sorrow? May He be seen as holy, and greater than our troubles, working wonders and making known His might in our lives.
Song by Ryan Gikas.
Recorded & Mixed by Chris Clark.
Artwork by Mina Habibi.
Devotional by Joel Limpic.