“The Blessing of the Rain: Praising God in the Storm or the Gentle Rain” by Randy Kinnick

 

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7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.  Psalm 147:7-8

Some people dread a rainy day.  The gray skies and the gloomy weather seem to them to be a downer.  I can understand how the weather will affect one’s state of mind and emotion.  When the winter days get short, the gray skies dominate, the cold is bitter and the darkness comes earlier, I feel that affect.  Not so, however, for a rainy day.

Rainy days are a welcomed thing sometimes.  Granted, when I have outdoor plans and the rain interrupts, I’m not too happy.  But, hey, I don’t get to make those decisions, right?  However, there is actually a comfort that a rainy day brings.  I feel cozy.  I remember, as a kid, when a summer or spring rain would come, I would get the lounge chair and a blanket and sit on our carport watching and listening to it rain.  It was soothing and calming.

Last night, it rained, and lightning and thunder pierced the sky throughout the night.  This morning, from the perch of my Starbucks vantage point, I watch the rain descend on the world around me.  It soaks, drenches, washes and cleans.  Our dry, parched land is drinking it in…a much-needed refreshment.  I’m reminded, as the rains descend to refresh the ground, so I desire to drink in the presence and truth of the God who supplies the rain.  I long to be refreshed in soul and spirit as He rains His love, grace and power in me.

Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. 5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. 9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry. 10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat. 15 He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. 16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; 17 He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold? 18 He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the Lord!

The rain reminds us of the faithfulness of our God.  I am reminded of my dependence upon Him for life and sustenance.  I am reminded of His provision for every need…to fill my parched spirit with His refreshing “rain.”  As Psalm 147 reminds me, there is so much for which to praise the Lord.  Here are a few reminders…

  • He gathers the outcasts to Himself
  • He heals broken and wounded hearts
  • He demonstrates His mighty, infinite power through creation
  • He lifts up the humble
  • He brings judgment upon the wicked
  • He supplies the earth with nourishing rain and growth
  • He provides food for the animals
  • He finds pleasure in those who fear Him and seek His mercy
  • He blesses our habitations and posterity as we follow Him
  • He provides for our needs and security
  • He has given us His powerful Word

There is so much for which we can praise God.  The rain today reminds me of these and many other works of our mighty God.  Let us, as Israel was challenged to do through this Psalm, “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.”

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