Being that we have had some strange weather recently–high winds, now 4 ft of snow, lightening and thundering while it was snowing, etc. This verse has come to mind over and over again–especially the part about that “He does whatever He pleases”…
6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
I don’t think any of us truly understand the greatness and severity of God in a way that would cause us to be in awe-ful surrender to Him. We really go about our day as if it just were another day. We plow the snow– clean up the mess– and yet God sends more the next day… and we plow the snow, clean up the mess, and go about our day– and yet another–God sends more the next day. He speaks 3 times–are we listening?
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says…
1. He has an absolute power, and may do what he will: Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he, and none could control him, or say unto him, What doest thou? He does what he pleases, because he pleases, and gives not an account of any of his matters.
2. He has an almighty power and can do what he will; if he will work, none shall hinder.
3. This absolute almighty power is of universal extent; he does what he will in heaven, in earth, in the seas, and in all the deep places that are in the bottom of the sea or the bowels of the earth. The gods of the heathen can do nothing; but our God can do any thing and does do every thing.
(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition)
What is funny is that we try to control even nature by our global warming awareness–we try to turn time back–and yet in a blink of an eye–the greatness of God could destroy our measly efforts–because He does whatever He pleases.
Or man could literally destroy the earth by his polluted ways, and yet God would keep the earth in pristine condition because of His will. It simply speaks of His Sovereignty, Grace and Love for mankind–and yet we don’t acknowledge Him, we ignore Him often when He speaks, we are consumed by everything around us except Him.
Henry’s Commentary adds,
(1.) It is by his power that exhalations are drawn up from the terraqueous globe. The heat of the sun raises them, but it has that power from God, and therefore it is given as an instance of the glory of God that nothing is hidden from the heat of the sun, Psalms 19:6. He causes the vapours to ascend (not only unhelped, but unseen, by us) from the earth, from the ends of the earth, that is, from the seas, by which the earth is surrounded.
(2.) It is he who, out of those vapours so raised, forms the rain, so that the earth is no loser by the vapours it sends up, for they are returned with advantage in fruitful showers.
(3.) Out of the same vapours (such is his wonderful power) he makes lightnings or the rain; by them he opens the bottles of heaven, and shakes the clouds, that they may water the earth. Here are fire and water thoroughly reconciled by divine omnipotence. They come together, and yet the water does not quench the fire, nor the fire lick up the water, as fire from heaven did when God pleased, 1 Kings 18:38.
(4.) The same exhalations, to serve another purpose, are converted into winds, which blow where they list, from what point of the compass they will, and we are so far from directing them that we cannot tell whence they come nor whither they go, but God brings them out of his treasuries with as much exactness and design as a prudent prince orders money to issue out of his exchequer. (from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition)