Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Psalm 148:7–8, ESV
When I think of praising God, I don’t often think of fire, hail, snow, mist, or stormy wind, yet, we have witness how God fulfills His Word through these things. Our Lord is all-powerful and He uses everything to fulfill His Will in the world. Does that mean every storm is a sign of God’ anger or wrath? By no means! Yet, we can find in the greatest of storms God’s hands at work. We can find His providence and His protection. God is with us in the midst of every struggle and every time of danger. In the midst of great storms we can pray and know that God hears us. Does that mean that the storms will cease with prayer? Not necessarily, but the storms in our spirit certainly will. Our eyes will be open to where God’s hand was offering a glimmer of hope and we will witness great miracles that defy logic like the baby so many years ago spared in the giant tornado that went through Oklahoma in 1999 and many miracles that have occurred in storms since. God is always at work. When we lift our eyes in praise, He reveals to us His glory. These are the things that can give us peace in troubled times and comfort in the struggles ahead because we can be certain that He is fulfilling His Word.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.