A Holy Week Juxtaposition

I read this psalm about the powerAnd greatness of our God The same week I am thinking about the humiliation And suffering of our King.

The juxtaposition is palpable.

“Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.” – Psalm 97:3

Sometimes. Except for the day His Son was surrounded And there was no fire to be seen. Only the silent restraint Of a God that replaces sending fire With receiving lashes For the sake of His beloveds.

“His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.” – Psalm 97:4

Sometimes. Except for the day darkness covered the earth And there was no lightning to be seen. Only the sacrifice Of a God who replaces trembling subjects With a buckling body His own Son crushed By the weight of His beloveds’ sins.

“The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.” –Psalm 97:5

Sometimes. Except for the day the empire seemed to win And there was no melting to be seen. Only the weakness Of a Messiah who seemed to perish Before the wrath of a nation. His beloveds left wondering If they got it all wrong.

For they didn’t know the subversive truth That strength given up For the sake of another Is the most powerful force of all.

Psalm 97


That was my reflection on Psalm 97. Link up with your own reflection below. Or stop back next week for a reflection on Psalm 98.