King of the flood!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Psalms 25-30

In Psalm 29 the Lord  is pictured as ‘enthroned over the flood’.  The word used here for “flood” is “mabbul” which is used exclusively of the world-wide flood described in Genesis 6-9.  What was David thinking about in this psalm that he would see God as enthroned as King forever in connection with this flood?

The psalm begins with David exhorting the ‘mighty ones’ to ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.  In the previous psalm David had cried to the Lord to save him from wicked men and God had answered him.  We are not sure if these mighty ones are his “mighty men” or the mighty angels that attend to the Lord and cry “Holy,Holy,Holy” before his throne.  We do know that all creatures owe worship to the Lord of glory!  His holiness makes Him awesome to behold and to think upon.  There is none like Him!

We don’t know if David was near some body of water, but possibly a thunderstorm broke loose  as he was writing this psalm.  David spoke of the voice of the Lord in the thunders.  It was majestic and broke in on his consciousness.  Perhaps a bolt of lightning struck one of the cedars of Lebanon and splintered it, reducing it to a smoldering pile of sticks near where he stood.  These cedars often grew over 100 feet tall and over thirty feet around.  The power released to break the tree would make a real impression!  David saw the violent thunderstorm with thousands of lightning strikes as a manifestation of God’s mighty power and experienced God’s power to shake the earth.  David realized that he was small and God was mighty and that all in God’s temple were crying “Glory”!

As King David witnessed the thunderstorm,  the great flood of Genesis came to his remembrance.  He realized that God was judge and in control over wind and storm!  His life was truly in His hands and He was to be honored and worshiped.  This same King promised to never destroy the world with water again!  (Genesis 9:15-16)  Next time you sit through a thunderstorm, remember Psalm 29 and give honor to the King!

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood, The Lord is enthroned as King forever.  The Lord gives strength to His people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11

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