Psalms 148:7-8 (HCSB)

Praise the Lord from the earth,
all sea monsters and ocean depths,
 lightning and hail, snow and cloud,
powerful wind that executes His command,

   Sea monsters, ocean depths, lightning, hail, snow, clouds and wind—all of whom are executing His command—are called to praise The Lord.  This is mysterious and peculiar, though nonetheless true.  Scripture always and everywhere assigns to God control over natural forces.  Indeed, here these “natural” forces are called to praise The Lord by doing their (often times) destructive work.  This work is only them executing God’s command.
     If our theology is such that we want to absolve God of responsibility for storm, wind, and rain damage, we will find not biblical support for it.  Let the lightning, hail, snow, and wind do their work and let God be praised by it (and by us) in the midst of it, whether we understand what is the ultimate purpose or not.  Here we are called to look with the eyes of faith as the psalmist does.
     John Calvin: He then ascends to hail, snows, and storms, which he says fulfill the word of God; for it is not by an effect of chance that the heavens are clouded, or that a single drop of rain falls from the clouds, or that the thunders rage, but one and all of these changes depend upon the secret will of God, whether he will show his goodness to the children of men in irrigating the earth, or punish their sins by tempest, hail, or other calamities.
     What are calamities for?  Jesus gives us a hint: Luke 13:4-5 (HCSB)
Or those 18 that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed — do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”

     As C. S. Lewis points out, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

     Storms, wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow, they all can bring the pain of destruction and even the loss of life. They are God speaking to us through a megaphone rousing us from our torpor of slavery to sin.  In this, natural phenomena praise The Lord by doing his good work of drawing men to himself…if men would but listen.
     
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