Who is God, but the Lord?
I had a conversation with one of my church members who drives over thirty miles to come to worship. The question I asked him was why did he think that so many of the members of our church drive such a long distance to attend worship? The radius from which my members drive to church is 28.4 miles. The member I was talking with had a very thoughtful answer about what moves people to drive past so many churches to end up in our pews on Sunday mornings for worship. He started by saying that so many people in the world today are struggling to find meaning and purpose in life. The struggle for meaning and purpose causes individuals to grapple to find answers that provide relevance during the storm. He said people drive this far to church for spirituality, social interaction and to hear me preach the word of God in a thoughtful, faithful way.
Cancer attacks the cells of the rich and the poor. Death knocks on the door of each of our lives regardless of what side of the tracks we come from. Depression and emotional illness has no boundaries. The primal instincts of life such as the need to eat, sleep, seek protection, prosperity and the sustainability of the earth bind us all together, regardless of who we are. Old age and memory loss has a way of touching each of us. Injury and alienation has a way of touching each of our lives.
King David in 2 Samuel gives great testimony to the relevance of God in his life. He also makes the point that the Lord is God and God is the Lord. David praises the Lord for the strength, security and salvation that only God can give. When the brutal winds of life whip us like a defenseless flag upon a pole, only God can give us calm for our troubled souls.
My encouragement is that you seek the Lord while he still may be found. Seek the Lord and draw upon his wisdom. Seek the Lord and settle for his salvation. Seek the Lord and kiss the sky. Kiss the sky with praise. Kiss the sky with thanks. Most of all, kiss the sky with love.
2 Samuel 22: 32 For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 
Questions for Reflection:
- How would you describe God and the Lord?
- Who, what, and where do you find the strength to live and thrive through the difficult moments of life?
Prayer: Lord, you are my strength. You give me a reason to live, even when so many doors are closed. In those moments when life is chaotic, confusing and crazy, in you I find a well-spring of peace and calm. You are my rock. Lord, you are my strength. You are the reason I find life worth living. Lord, you are my everything. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (2 Sa 22:32). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.