“Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power; . . .”
Have you ever noticed, when movie stars are walking the red carpet, for one of their many awards presentations, they are not asked what they are wearing, but who they are wearing? One of the marks of success is getting a particular designer to make you a one-of-a-kind outfit.
Here the Psalmist declares to us what God is wearing. He is “clothed with power.” I picture God getting ready for the day and choosing to put power on as His garment. His power is infinite. No power on earth or in heaven can be compared to it. The power of the storm, the devil, sickness, and death, were all overthrown by the word of His mouth. Without sweating, straining, grunting, or pulling a muscle, Jesus spoke and conquered the greatest powers on earth. The people were fascinated by His great power; the whole nation was in awe of the One to whom even the demons were subject.
Between the resurrection and ascension of Christ, forty days transpired. During those forty days, Luke tells us Jesus was doing two things. First, He was appearing, to prove beyond a shadow of doubt, that He had, in fact, risen; conquering sin, death and hell.
Second, He was giving commands to His followers. These commands fit into two categories: go and wait. He was sending them out into the world with the message of eternal life. They were to start at home, then travel the globe, sharing with everyone the glorious message of salvation through faith in Christ. Before they went, they were commanded to wait for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus instructed them that when the Spirit came upon them, they would be clothed with power from on high. Just like the Twelve, we have been commissioned to live a holy life in an ungodly world; to declare the hope of salvation with our family, friends and community.
Just like the Twelve, we have been promised power from on high to accomplish this. As you prepare to face your day, with the unknown temptations and opportunities that await, who are you wearing? Are you walking out the door clothed with all the strength that you can muster? Or have you taken time to sit at the feet of Jesus and be filled afresh with the Spirit of holiness? Let’s clothe ourselves with the power of the Spirit.
Questions for Psalm 65
- At what point does this Psalm begin to describe the greatness of God through creation?
- Verses 1-4 revolve around the presence of the Lord in the sanctuary of God. Take some time and evaluate your life asking yourself if you foster an atmosphere that ushers in the presence of the Lord around you.
- In verse 3 iniquities prevail against David. He recognizes his own sin. This is important for us to do as well. It’s at that point that God will provide a cleansing or atonement for sin if we confess. The Bible says that sin separates us from the presence of the Lord. Jesus brings us atonement for our sin. An easy definition of the word atonement is found when you break the word apart. (at-one-ment) We can be at one with the Lord through Jesus. Read 1 John 1:9
- Read the rest of this Psalm beginning at verse 5 and meditate on the Lord as revealed through creation.