Today’s reflection by the Ven Dr Thomas Mhuriro Archdeacon of Kimberley.
Psalms 97 & 99 give us an answer to the BIG question: WHO IS GOD?
In my Good News Bible, the two Psalms are titled “God the Supreme Ruler”. This seems to be the shortest answer to the BIG QUESTION. But the details are profound and therefore require our deep reflections.
How do we describe this Supreme Ruler? The Psalmist states that, “Clouds and darkness surround him; he rules with righteousness and justice. Fire goes in front of him and burns up his enemies round him. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees it and trembles. The hills melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the nations see his glory”. (Ps. 97:2-6).
One famous theologian, after reflecting on who God is came to the conclusion that he is a ” great and fascinating mystery”.
Brothers and sisters, in this Easter context and within a lockdown imposed on us by the Covid-19, we need to be still and know who God is.
God is given to us by the scriptures as one who could manifest himself in fires that burn, in powerful winds, volcanoes, dark clouds, pandemics as in Egypt: the list is limitless because God has no limits! However, we know that no matter how destructive some of these manifestations could be, God has always acted to promote righteousness, truth and justice. He has always acted against evil.
Therefore it is wickedness that we should try by all means to avoid. You and I are called to condemn oppression, greed and selfishness, gossip, cruelty, hatred, and everything else contrary to God’s rule. Let us all submit to our Supreme ruler who is able to bring healing and stability to our ailing world. Let the ALLELUIA continue to echo in our lives and beyond. Continued Easter Blessings. Amen.