Psalm 29

In this Psalm, David gets poetic and descriptive about the power that lies in the voice of the Lord. You really get the impression of a building storm in this Psalm, as the words David use invoke pictures of thunder, wind, lightning, and rains. In my study, I really felt a parallel between the building storm in this Psalm and the building unrest in our world. As this short Psalm wraps up, there’s one verse in particular that I loved.

Psalm 29:10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

Over the past few weeks I’ve had some moments of struggle, especially when I’m online. Facebook has been filled with people talking about and arguing over recent shootings and terror attacks. News websites are packed with stories about guns, murders, doom, and gloom. I stay up on current events, as I believe we need to be aware of the state of the world around us, but man, I have been really affected by just how prevalent all this dark talk has been. Facebook is a fun place I go to see what my friends and family members are up to. Lately, it’s been a place to go to see people arguing about the awful events going on in the world. I feel like I haven’t been able to escape it.

Then I read this Psalm, and the verse I shared above, and man, I just find a deep comfort in there. It feels like the world’s going crazy, but even if the Earth falls apart God is lord over it all. As the verse says, He sits enthroned over the flood. The creator of the universe has a grand plan for this world and these people. It may not always feel like it to us down here, but God’s in control. He’s seen the events that are unfolding, and ultimately it all leads to the return of Jesus and the beginning of an age of peace and beauty and wonderfulness.

I hate that terrible things happen. I hate how shootings and terror attacks live on for weeks and months in endless media cycles. I hate how those who carry out these attacks get made famous by the media. I hate how these tragedies divide us and lead to angry arguments between political ideologies. I hate that this is the state of the world. But I love Jesus, I love the peace I have when I just think the word God in my mind. It fills me to overflowing. I trust in my Lord, and I trust in the promises of His word. There is a coming glory and a coming victory. In the meantime, there is a Lord sitting enthroned over the flood, and that Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

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2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

As I close this out I look at that verse I just shared and heavy on my heart is lost friends and family members. We live in a great age of patience, a time when God is calling people to Him and saving as many as will allow themselves to be saved. If you’ve got someone in your life that hasn’t accepted Jesus as their personal savior, don’t wait until tomorrow to do something about it. Tomorrow might be a day too late. Lift them up in prayer, ask God for direction on what you can do to help them towards salvation. Sometimes we like to ignore the fact that there looms a day of judgment, but what good does that ignoring do to those who still haven’t accepted Jesus? There might be someone on this planet that’s relying on you to bring the good news of Jesus to them. It can sometimes feel like the world is tearing itself apart, and it’s just impressed upon me as I write this that sharing Jesus is so important in times like these. People need Jesus now more than ever before.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, as I sit here and think about the darkness in the world I feel you nudging my spirit, reminding me to raise my eyes.  Lord, let me be aware of my surroundings, but also let my vision hold true on you.  You are above all these things unfolding.  Father, help us keep our vision locked on you, your goodness, your love, and your plans for our lives.  Help us to not let tragedies and scary situations define us, help us to remember that who we are comes from you.  We are beloved children of Almighty God.  Lord, there is quite obviously a building storm in this world, and your book tells us where it leads.  Strengthen our resolve to be beacons of your light as the world around us darkens.  Embolden us to share the name and news of Jesus louder and more often than we ever have before.  And Father, lastly I just ask that you guide us and aid us in bringing our lost friends and family to you.  Lord, the time is now, you are calling so many people to you, and Father, I want my loved ones to be among those who are being saved.  Give me divine wisdom in what to say, what to do, any way I can help draw them closer to you and accept you into their hearts.  Lord, I just thank you that you are our constant.  That when I do look above the waves I don’t just see a dark sky, I see a glorious, loving Lord who is enthroned above the flood.  Thank you for loving us, thank you for this age we live in when there’s still time for people to accept your great mercy and come to be one of your beloved children.  I pray this in the precious name of Jesus, amen.

It’s so good to be back working on my own computer again this week.  We’ve got Psalms all week and that’ll probably continue through the end of the year.  Then January will see my study of Moses begin, which I’m really excited about.

I love all of you.  I’m excited about God this week, you guys, He’s just so amazing.  As I was writing this blog today I just felt like God has something great in store for someone this week.  If you’re out there and reading this, walk in expectancy this week.  God’s gonna show His goodness and His power in lives this week, I just have a feeling about it.  God loves us!

 

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