Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Psalm 29: Ascribe Glory to God

KEY VERSE: Psalms 29:10-11 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! 

KEY THOT: The psalmist David calls upon the heavenly beings ("sons of the mighty") to give God glory, for it is His due (v.1-2). For God's "voice" is heard in nature's powerful displays: the stirring of the waters by powerful waves, the rumbling of the earth that brings down cedars and shakes the wilderness, the terrifying lightning flashes and thunderous roar that accompany storms and floods. Nature's phenomena are awesome demonstrations of divine power and majesty: "the voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty" (v. 4). But nevertheless, David reminds us that the Lord is above the fray: "the Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever" (v.10). When we look past the storms and floods, the shaking and thundering, we see the Lord high and lifted up, exalted and enthroned above all the frays of human experience. The Lord reigns for He is enthroned as King over all.

When we encounter storms and floods that are shaking up the world, we can rest assured that the God we worship is enthroned above the fray, When we worship Him and give his due glory, He will give us strength and bless us with peace (v.11). We can experience God's strength and peace in the midst of our storms when we look up and look past the tumults and shake-ups happening around us. The Lord is enthroned over our storms and floods! Hallelujah.

Father, thank You that nothing in this world can shake You for You are seated above the fray. Thank You that every time we give You the glory due Your name and worship You in the splendor of Your holiness, we will have Your strength and peace to guide us through the storms. Amen.

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