Reading the One-Year Bible gives us a taste of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. Today, I want to look at one of the Psalms of David we read this week: Psalm 29.
1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with bolts of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.
11 The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.
Does God actually have a voice? If so, can you hear it?
The context of this passage is describing a threatening storm and the reality that Jesus is Lord over the storms of life, whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.
Seven times between verses 3 and 9, David personifies the thunderclaps as the “voice of the Lord.” He is saying that God does have a voice and it is the predominant feature in any storm we face in life.
During a storm, we will be destroyed if our focus lies only its terrifying elements. Like David does in this Psalm, our thoughts must turn to the Lord whose voice is over the waters, a voice that turned chaos into creation when God created this world (Genesis 1:1-3). A voice of seeming defeat by adversity, as the Apostle John finds himself exiled on the Isle of Patmos for the gospel’s sake yet he receives a powerful revelation of the Presence of Christ (Revelation 1:9-20).
And when the storm is over, the worship is not—“And in his temple all cry ‘Glory’” (v.9). Is that what you are doing in your hour of trial? Crying ‘glory’? Have you discerned His voice in the storm? God does have a voice and He wants you to hear it: “my sheep know my voice.”
This psalm which began by summoning heavenly beings to worship, ends by assuring God’s people on earth that He is in control: The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. (v. 10)
The same power of God revealed in the storm is the same attribute of God which brings safety to His people. God is enthroned over both the storm and the flood: The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. (v. 11)
Storms get our attention. But our exclusive focus should not be upon the storm. Like David, let us lift our hearts to the Lord who reigns over the lightning, thunder and flood. Storms come, but so does God: About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. (Matthew 14:25).
The storms of life will pass, but God does not.
God remains eternally enthroned in the heavens. So may He be eternally enthroned in your heart. He will keep you safe when terrifying powers threaten. He will bless you by giving you strength and peace when you are afraid. He is Lord over all the the storms and floods of your life in this life.