Under Fire and Under Water (Psalm 66)

How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you
(PSALM 66:3).

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The power of God is on the mind of the psalmist in Psalm 66. The writer remembers God’s remarkable story and the parting of the Red Sea. When you’re in the middle of your own trial, “Say to God, How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you?” (Psalm 66:3).

Don’t go a second without saying it or a moment without mouthing it. God’s power has been great in your past, is great in your present, and will be great in your future.

With God, we are never under our circumstances, we are always over them! His miracles in the past and his mastery over the present promise us his majesty over the future. His hand is on the throttle of the universe.

There is no luck. Nothing is random. When you are under fire and under water, he still parts seas, stills storms, and kills giants.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms

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The spiritual life of a Christian consists of running our race full of faith from one day to the next- clearing the hurdles set before us, getting up again when we fall, and enjoying the days when the way ahead of us is open and free from obstacles.

As we run, God wants us to experience him as the doer of awesome deeds. He expects us to look to him in our times of need. His great power is never at a shortage in the face of our enemies. We are never dependent on luck or fortune. We can throw away our four-leaf clovers and rabbit’s feet. God’s design for us trumps any good-luck charm.

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James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.