“Down with Chaos!” A Devotion on Psalm 93:4

“More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the Lord!”—Psalm 93: 4 (NRSV)

Before there was something there was nothing. The proto-physicist(s) who imagined the creation of the universe “in the beginning” described a formless emptiness. To the Ancients water, especially the sea, was a symbol of chaos, understood as disorder, tumult, and confusion.

I once visited a friend of mine in the hospital who had just suffered a stroke. I asked him how he was and he answered, “It is all ‘tohu wa-bohu,’” which is the Biblical Hebrew translated as “formless void.” He had grown up in Beirut and spoke Arabic, which has a very similar term for chaos. My friend likened his mind’s confusion and sense of disorder to the primordial chaos of Genesis 1.

We have all from time to time experienced chaos in our lives. Sudden changes can throw our world into disorder. Daily we witness on the news confusion and disorder in our country and among the nations.

Psalm 93 begins a series of psalms that proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God. Our passage for today asserts God’s sovereignty by proclaiming that God’s majesty is mightier even than the waves of the sea. In other words, God has control over chaos.

How, when and where God exercises that sovereignty remains mysterious, but we are assured that ultimately God will be up and chaos will be down. May it be so!

Prayer: God of majesty and might, bring order to chaos, understanding to confusion, and your sweet peace to every place of disruption.

(This is my United Church of Christ Daily Devotion for May 29, 2019. To see the original go here. To subscribe to the UCC Daily Devotional and receive it every day by e-mail go here.)

“Out of the Mouths of Babes” A Daily Devotional on Psalm 8:2

“Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. -—Psalm 8:2

BabesIn our family “out of the mouths of babes” was proverbial, expressed when any wisdom or insight, even unintentional, came from one of the youngest members. Here’s an example: A married couple, bickering in the kitchen, was astonished when their young child walked in on them and said, “You should get counseling.” Out of the mouths of babes.

When my own children were very young our mealtime often had the feeling of a manic improvisational comedy troupe. Beverages were spilled with alarming regularity. One time my son turned to his little sister, and asked, “How do you know everything?” She quickly answered, “I don’t know!” Out of the mouths of babes. Continue reading