Unless you live in California or Hawaii, you are probably experiencing bitterly cold temps here in the US. Such cold has probably burst some people’s pipes, swerved others’ cars, and ruined others’ crops. Here in Ft. Worth, I woke up to a wind chill that was below zero. I left two feet of MD/PA snow for sub-zero temps in Texas?!?
Here in the US you have probably also noticed that we’ve had a bit of a national security problem lately. The Salahi’s crashed the Presidential party and even got close enough to take a picture with him. The Christmas bomber almost succeeded in exploding a loaded plane. And too many people are breaking out in shooting rampages.
What are we to make of these things? Is there a connection between the two? I think there is, and it is found in Psalm 147:12-20. The psalmist speaks here of national security:
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders;
he fills you with the finest of the wheat (13-14)
And the psalmist speaks of arctic cold:
He gives snow like wool;
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his cold? (16-17)
What is the connection? Notice the repeated references to God’s Word:
He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly (15)
He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and rules to Israel (18-19)
In other words, the same God controls both national security and arctic cold, and he does so with his word! He speaks and borders are secured. He speaks and temperatures plummet below zero. He speaks and the snow and ice that paralyze whole communities melts and evaporates effortlessly. How powerful is God’s word!
Notice that the psalmist ends with a remarkable note that this same powerful “word” is then disclosed to the people of Israel, which sets her apart from any other nation (19-20). Therefore, national security and arctic blasts are also connected to the sovereign, electing grace of God in making his ways known to a particular people. The same word that can protect a nation and split trees with ice is the same word that makes a people holy before the Lord. Is there any wonder, then, that the psalmist begins this stanza with praise?
So the recent arctic cold and national security breaches are really both reminders of how desparately we need the Word of God to save us. We cannot overcome our enemies; we need his Word to deliver us. We cannot stand before certain forces like winter storms; we need his Word to deliver us. We need his Word to be powerful when we are so weak. So as you hear about another crasher, or another winter storm, remember again that God is mighty to save.