In verse 5 the Psalmist poses a rhetorical question. And this question forms the core and theme of the whole song that he sings. He triumphantly and adoringly asks, “Who is like the Lord our God?”
I have an ongoing wager with the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witness. I tell them that I am ready at any moment to convert to their religion. All they have to do is show me that their god is greater than mine.
He is superlative in every way. And that is why he must be worshipped.
My wife tells me that the key to social interaction is finding the one thing that you have in common. I believe she is right. As a matter of fact, that is the tactic that the Apostle Paul uses here to meld the two most factitious groups in the world together.
It is by recognizing what they have in common.
In order to become a member of one of the old Southern Presbyterian churches, you had to stand before the congregation to make a public profession of faith. And, as you became a member, one of the questions that you were asked went like this:
I’ve always found that second part of the vow quite interesting. It is one thing to say, “Yes, I will submit to my elders.” But it is another thing to commit to studying the purity and peace of the church. If you make a commitment to submit to your elders, you only have to do that when they come knocking at your door.
But if you promise to study the peace and purity of the church, you make a commitment to daily doing whatever you can to promote the unity of Christ’s body. So, as you stood before that congregation and took that vow, you pledged to make your life’s objective to keep factions from rising and doing whatever possible to reduce conflict.
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