Real Might

Key Text:  Psalm 50:1

 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.

The world loves a heavy-weight.

Culture after culture, from the first, most primitive tribes, to the great metropolitan cities, strength has been admired.

The Olympic athletes; the great warriors of legend; the giants of lore; the pro-ball players of today – they all command admiration.

I was not a particularly athletic kid and certainly wasn’t known for how well I could hold my own in a fight.  But even as a little guy, at a very, very young age, I wanted to eat my spinach and grow up to be like Popeye.  “I yam what I yam!” was my motto.

Only later could I fully appreciate what real strength is.

One way I came to appreciate it was in terms of Divine power.

The Psalmist, in the opening line of Psalm 50, helps define it for us.

“The Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.”

Now that is real strength, real power: to simply speak and summon the earth which you have created.

How small, how seemingly insignificant is man’s so called “might” in comparison to that.

And yet, this God, this Lord, values us – His children – among measure.

“What is man, that thou hast been mindful of him…?”

We mere humans lose our perspective, I think, on what an awesome and wonderful thing it is that the Creator of the Universe, who powerfully controls it, loves us enough to hear our prayers, listen to our needs, when we call.

That should put a lot of things in perspective for us.

Real might isn’t defined by victories in the sports arena, or the battlefield, or by any human measure – not when compared to the mighty power of God.

That should drive us to our knees in awe and contemplation – lest we take our so-called “power” too seriously.

“I yam what I yam” says Popeye.

“I am who I am” says the living God.

Who do you think is the truly Mighty One?

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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