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God is our help
February 25, 2013
by Pastor Mike Nelson, North Crow River/Grace Lutheran Parish

In Psalm 147:16-18, the psalmist declares, “(God) gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down hail like crumbs – who can stand before His cold? He sends out His Word, and melts them; he makes His wind blow, and the waters flow.”

The weather can be unpredictable this time of year. One day, we are walking in shirt-sleeves and the next day, we need to don our thermal long johns again. I know old farmers who remember times they have planted wheat by early March. I also recall, from my own youth, middle-of-March blizzards that closed school for three days.

The psalmist reminds us that all these things come by God’s hand. God “sends out His command to the earth; His Word runs swiftly.” (Psalm 147:15)

He compares God’s control of the weather to God’s statutes for Israel. Both are ruled by God’s divine power and wisdom. “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.” (Ps. 147:5)

As those of us who garden for a hobby, as well as those who farm for a living, wait anxiously for the snows to be gone and for the soils to warm for planting, let us recall that our Creator daily provides us with exactly what we, and the rest of creation need.

This is the time of year when we remind ourselves that our hope lies not in our own strength, intelligence, and abilities. Our help comes from God, who created heaven and earth.

“His delight is not in the strength of the horse,

nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;

but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,

in those who hope in his steadfast love.” (Psalm 147: 10-11)