Here is a guest entry written by a friend of mine and used with permisson. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
What an awesome and humbling picture of God! I love this passage because it gives such a clear glimpse to our finite minds of just who God is! It speaks of His sovereignty and power in such a way that cannot be questioned or ignored. What I love most about it is that, while to the world this description of God would bring fear, as a Christian, I find this passage incredibly comforting! To be able to say that He has so extended His grace to me that I can claim the covering of His awesomeness, His power, His fierceness brings such a feeling of peace and safety! For His children, this passage is one of joy! The last few verses of the chapter make fact this clear:
Let those who love the LORD hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is shed upon the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.
Psalm 97: 10-12
Thank You, Lord, for covering us with Your power and love! And thank You for this humbling yet comforting reminder that You are indeed God, and that You carry us in Your hand. What a reminder that You are in control! Thank You for Your great and precious promises, and the joy they bring!