Scripture: Psalm 29
The psalmist describes God’s powerful presence as in a thunderstorm.
“The God of glory thunders.” and it feels frightening. “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, He makes Lebanon skip like a calf and the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.” There is, however, hope at the end of the psalm. “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace.”
To me, this psalm has two important messages. First, behind everything that we as human beings cannot comprehend, is the power and the glory of God who is surpassing all understanding (Philippians 4:7). During the time of the Old Testament, a thunderstorm was probably a phenomenon that people couldn’t explain scientifically. So, for them, it was God’s doing. For us today, living in a world which gives us an explanation for almost everything, the psalm is probably a reminder that whatever situation occurs in our lives that doesn’t make sense, we are not to forget that God is always with us. And with every testing, he will provide a way out, so that we are able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
The second message that I see in this psalm is to worship God in order to acknowledge his majesty. To me, God is, most of the time, like a good friend, like my confidante. I tell Him what’s on my mind as I would talk to my best friend. I probably sometimes forget that “the Lord is full of majesty,” that we should “ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; and worship the Lord in holy splendour.”
For me, Lent is a time to reflect on my personal relationship with this God beyond comprehension. I pray that we will be able to surrender our lives to his majesty; that we will be blessed with strength and peace.
By Ina Folkmann
Creating and life-sustaining God, I find you in all the wonders of creation. You fill my spirit with joy and delight. You give me strength and peace for the journey of my life. My heart fills with praise. AMEN