The Recognition Factor

“O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭96:7‬ ‭

I was talking to a parent of one of my littles yesterday and we recognized a wild reality.

Because I’ve only ever seen her in a mask, and she me, we didn’t think we’d be able to pick one another out of a police lineup.

Seriously.

What a weird realization.

A mask on an unfamiliar face is a strong deterrent to the recognition factor, isn’t it?

Let’s consider a face we all know well for a moment. Mona Lisa in a mask is still evidently the cryptic lady that da Vinci made famous, simply because of our familiarity with that globally recognizable portrait.

Now take it one step further.

I’m thinking of Hubby and how well I know him after 29 years of marriage.

You could bundle him up in winter gear – cover him head to toe in thick garments that hide his general outline. Add a mask that hides his features. Put him out of optimal visual range so my aging eyes can’t grasp details – and have him turn his back to me.

But I could still pick him out, because I know him.

I know his walk. I know his pace, his speed. I know his habits, his stance, his general bearing.

I know him well, you see.

I have seen him in many different situations, many different lights, from many different angles. A mask is too flimsy to hide what I am so familiar with.

Would you recognize God if you met Him?

I mean, do you know His characteristics? His patterns of behaviour? Where He hangs out? What His attitudes are?

The poet in this verse is sending out a call – urging his readers to consider who God is, to learn to recognize His characteristics and attributes.

Namely, that God is glorious and strong.

Not only that.

He addresses the nations of the world. Not individuals, but nations. As in governments, leadership teams, those who rule others.

Those owning power and authority are urged to recognize the power and authority of the God of heaven. His glory – magnificence, beauty, renown, high honour – and strength, His superiority to all other powers and authorities, are assumed to be evident.

The author assumed these traits would be instantly recognized by all who saw them.

So I’ll ask you again.

Would you recognize God if you met Him?

Do you know Him well enough to recognize His workmanship? Do you know how to approach Him, what He thinks of you, how He conducts Himself?

I’ve spent lots of time with Brent. I’d recognize Him anywhere.

I’ve spent lots of time with God, too – but this really challenges me today. I am realizing that I need to use my time well so that I will know this God I claim to serve in an increasingly intimate way.

It will take intention. It will require something of me. It demands investment – time. Knowledge. Experience. Companionship. Openness.

Vulnerability.

But for an opportunity to know the Glorious and Strong One?

I recognize a good deal when I see it.

Determine to recognize God with me?

Father, we don’t know You as well as we ought. Teach us to invest in a relationship, not just a theoretical knowledge. Enable us to recognize Your goodness, glory, and power. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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