Father, at the time Babylon captured Your people Judah, she was just a tool in Your hand. Not the end-all power she believed she was. And she will be judged and punished, even as she was used as the tool to punish Israel. All the kingdoms You sent prophecies about fell as You said they would.
You sent Jeremiah carefully chosen words to describe the coming destruction of other kingdoms, and they all came true:
”Concerning Damascus…troubled like the restless sea.”
“Concerning Kedar and Hazor…scatter to the winds.”
“I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four corners of heaven.”
“Concerning Babylon…I will kindle a fire…that will consume all…a drought on her waters.” It reminds me that You are in total control of Your creation!
You control the winds, fire, drought and seas. They responded at Creation when You made them and set their limits over the earth. When You walked the earth, You stood in a boat and spoke to a storm, commanding the winds and rain: “Peace, be still.” And today’s Psalms speak of the earth being glad and rejoicing.
What a picture! “Clouds and thick darkness surround You…fire goes before You…Your lightening lights up the world.” All at Your command.
You are still in control, holding authority over all the earth. The earth responds to You: “the earth sees and trembles…mountains melt like wax…heavens proclaim Your righteousness…seas resound…rivers clap their hands, mountains sing together for joy.”
If this is the response of the earth, how can I do less?
Father, I shout for joy! I burst into jubilant song. I make music with whatever instrument I can – all to glorify my God. You are the only god who is the real God. I exalt You over all things, all people, all powers.
I rejoice because You are a righteous and just God. Because You carry out Your judgments in righteousness. Because You are loving and faithful. Because You have saved me. You are the One True Almighty God, and there is no other! Amen
Jeremiah 49:23-50:46; Psalm 97:1-98:9