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King of the flood!

Scripture reading for June 7:  Psalms 25-30

“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

This psalm contains an unusual phrase about the Lord.  He 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. Why is the psalmist caught up in this idea of the flood?  What is David thinking about in this psalm that he would see God as enthroned as King forever in connection with this flood?

This 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.  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! 

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 heard the majestic voice of the Lord in the thunders.  Perhaps a bolt of lightning struck one of the cedars of Lebanon, splintered it, reducing it to a smoldering pile of sticks right before his sight.  These cedars often grew over 100 feet tall and the power released to break the tree would cause anyone to worship or fear!  David saw the violent thunderstorm with thousands of lightning strikes as a manifestation of God’s mighty power to shake the earth.  David realized that he was small and God was mighty and that all in God’s temple are crying “Glory”!

It is at this point that David speaks of the Lord as enthroned over the flood.  This violent storm had brought the great flood of Genesis to his remembrance.  He realized that God was judge and in control over wind and storm!  Our lives are truly in His hands and our King gives peace to His people in the floods.   This same King promised to never destroy the world with water again.  (Genesis 9:15-16) 

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