I watched a fascinating documentary recently on tectonic plates. I probably do not need to remind you of this popular theory which states that the surface of our planet is divided into more than ten plates that slowly float around just a few miles beneath our feet. Their movements usually go unnoticed by the casual observer, but sometimes they collide. Sometimes they thrust above one another and, at other times, they slide under. You’ve seen the results. You may even have felt the results. Hopefully you do not fear the possibilities.
Great question! Well, to sum up, it is possible that one day Tokyo will not exist. It’s possible that Yellowtone National Park will be transformed into a super volcano.
Don’t be! A very BIG GOD controls these massive, moving plates under our feet. He literally has the whole world “in His hands.” I thought of that the morning after I watched the documentary. As I was reading God’s Word, I rejoiced in the truths of the Triune God: His transcendence and His imminence. He is both absolutely sovereign, choosing to exercise that authority, and He is thoroughly engaged in His creation. Consider the words of Psalm 145:
“I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. The LORD keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”
In my studies, I have noticed several psalms taking the form of Psalm 145. The text begins with an affirmation that God is great and “highly to be praised.” His restrained power is awesome. Those who know Him cannot help but “speak the praise of the Lord.”
However, that praise isn’t simply offered because God is transcendent. It is freely given in light of the fact that God is actively involved in that which He has created. Perhaps no passage makes that as clear as the one you just read.
“The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness…The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
The Lord created our world (Col. 1:16) and He sustains it (Col. 1:17). Understanding that God is good and does good (Ps. 119:68) allows us to leave without fear (regardless of what may or may not happen under Tokyo or Wyoming). We rejoice in God’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence. We also rejoice that God has chosen not to disengage from this fallen creation. He truly is gracious, determining not to treat us as our sins deserve.
So, don’t be afraid. God is going to destroy the earth with fire (2 Pet. 3:7). Tectonic plates will probably move. Volcanos will most likely erupt. But it probably won’t be today. Spend this day meditating upon the glorious splendor of His majesty and upon His wonderful works. Enjoy His grace. Jesus is truly amazing and He does truly amazing things.