“Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts… Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.”Psalm 46:6, 8
I was an eighth grader when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. Though it was some 2,000 miles away, news stories made it seem close. When the prevailing westerly winds eventually brought traces of Mt. St. Helens’ ash right over my own home in the Midwest, the volcano seemed to be next door. We watched astonishing footage of the side of that mountain appearing to simply melt away.
Think of that stunning image as you read the psalmist’s words: “He lifts his voice, the earth melts.” The voice of our God speaks, and the earth dissolves. But also let that image turn you to your own words. No matter how we set ourselves anew to choosing words carefully, our attempts at speaking to honor Him melt away like that mountain. Our sin-tainted utterances are as far from His glory as ever could be imagined.
But also as far apart—even as the east is from the west!—is how far He has removed the guilt of our sinful speech from us. He has cast it into the deepest ocean, forgiving us, though our words fall short repeatedly.
There is no word or argument so severe or sinful that it cannot be covered by the cross.