By November, the northern parts of the United States have already dropped their foliage, and winter winds have begun to move in. However, in the South, it’s still fall, and color abounds.
When we feel the desolation of an upcoming barren season approaching, all we have to do is change our location, and we will find ourselves surrounded with the COLORFUL bounty of the season once again.
God is like that for us, for when the winds whistle past, and all we see are the discarded leaves tossed along the ground, we can find God if we look for him. He is arrayed in all his glory, COLORFUL, and waiting on us to locate him once again.
Let’s look at our COLORFUL God:
C – He has CHOSEN us as favored recipients of his good will and love.
Psalm 105:43 tells how he brought his people from the barren winter of Egypt into the bright and beautiful glory of his presence.
“And he brought forth his people with joy, and his CHOSEN with gladness.”
When God brings us out, we will leap with thanksgiving.
O – He anoints with OIL those he loves with the glory of his presence.
Psalm 92:10 sings the praises of the psalmist, for his enemies have been vanquished, and the winter fields are made new once again.
“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh OIL.”
Not only does God bring us out of our hard times, he raises us up as a colorful tower of celebration before the world.
L – He LAUGHS at our problems, for they are as nothing against his powerful hands.
Psalm 2:4 shows the Father on his heavenly throne, and he looks down on our winter experience, knowing it cannot last when we are his own.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall LAUGH: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
The stiffest winter wind is nothing to the one who controls the winds and the waves. He will lift us above the storm, and the beauty of his presence will color our world once again.
O – He is the holy ORACLE to whom we can turn in times of cold.
Psalm 28:2 reveals the heart of the psalmist, as he raises his voice to his rescuer.
“Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy ORACLE.”
An oracle gives a revelation of the future, and our future in God is colorful with the expectation of his majesty made manifest in our lives.
R – With the ROAR of his voice, he comes to our rescue.
Psalm 98:7 reminds us that all of creation sings unto the Lord.
“Let the sea ROAR, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
The land might be silenced in the grip of the coming cold, but the sea will continually exult in the majesty of the coming king, telling us of his majesty and beauty just beyond the horizon.
F – He provides us a FEAST even as the north winds blow.
Psalm 81:3 shouts of the strength of God, who delivered his people into the kaleidoscopic beauty of freedom in him.
“Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn FEAST day.”
When God delivers us from our dreary days, and brings us into his beauty, we should gather for a feast in his name.
U – He desires us to UNDERSTAND his true majesty and glory.
Psalm 47:7 cuts to the chase, and we see God’s glory as it really is.
“For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with UNDERSTANDING.”
When we figure out that he showers us with beauty so that we will know he is God, we will sing unto him with our loudest voice.
L – He is the LORD, and there is no other reason he needs in order for him to be our God.
Psalm 25:8 reveals why he sent his son.
“Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.”
God is motivated by his innate goodness. He can be no other way. It is why he sent Jesus to us, so that we might learn how to love him.
We can find God in all his majesty just on the other side of whatever comes our way.
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