January 6

January 6, 2021
by: Gabriel Tseng

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29

This passage sits on top of a heap of things the Lord is the cause of. His voice implies dominion but just his speaking seems indirectly responsible. His being causes amazing things to happen. I imagine the crowds wanting Jesus to heal them and as they grazed his cloak or the dirt kicked up in their faces, they were healed. 

For an idealist, living in this world can be hard seeing all that is imperfect around us as we dare to dream. Maybe it’s easier for the realist or the pessimist to live because there is a tempered sense in looking at the world. Being “down to earth” surely has its advantages in curbing our disappointment or picture of life. 

The word for peace is shalom. The way things are designed to be. If coupled with the presence of God- implied is the way God has designed it to be and to work. A picture of what is just or justice. To know peace is to do justice and the Lord is not passive but quite active. 

I go through the motions many times when I’m exhausted by life. Wanting to “veggie” out and just tune out. What I find restful is allowing my mind to wander and having no particular destination in mind. It is a regular practice of surrendering my own desires to be open to what God has for me, but there’s an awesome freedom that comes with instruction, to be mentored, to learn from others. My analogy is that I can use a violin to hammer nails, but when the instrument is used correctly and wisely, while it certainly can be used as a hammer, it can also produce beautiful music for its intended purpose!

May you be used by God in a mighty way, in the proper way, to hammer nails or play beautiful music, instructed by the Master Craftsman and the Master Conductor to yearn for shalom and to love to do justice!

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