The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the waters;
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
PSALM 29:3,7,10 (NIV)
Can a ferocious rainstorm bring comfort? Can flashes of lightning inspire hope? Can thunderclaps whisper peace? Can torrents of rolling water fill the heavy heart with strong confidence?
They can if we understand who’s behind them all. That’s the message of Psalm 29, a tribute to the power and sovereignty of God as seen in the awesome display of a violent thunderstorm.
David looks out of his window at the lightning, he hears the booming thunder, he sees the storm shredding trees and shaking the desert, he observes the floodwaters careening across the land and he falls to his knees and worships the God of heaven who sits enthroned above the tempest.
David not only knew the power of the voice of the Lord, he also knew that his God was committed with every ounce of his omnipotence to bring peace to his people (v. 11). How can we be discouraged for long when such infinite strength is made available to us, even during the calamitous thunderstorms of life?
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
PSALM 29:11 (NIV)
On the journey with you,