Tag: Psalm 29:10-11

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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Strength through weakness

Scripture reading for September 7th: 2nd Corinthians 12, Psalm 29, Proverbs 24

2nd Corinthians 12: 7-10 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

People often boast of their strengths and skills. Self-promotion and pride go hand in hand. But Paul encouraged believers by what he had learned through many trials and tests. Although Paul had great wisdom and amazing revelations of the glory of heaven, he was weak. To keep him from being conceited, a messenger of Satan was permitted to attack Paul in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what this trial was, except that after praying three times, the Lord instructed Paul to rely on His grace! God said His power is perfected in weakness. For Christ’s sake, Paul chose to be content with God’s grace and found new strength in his weaknesses! This is the upside/down principle of kingdom living as we endure earth’s trials and receive greater revelation of our Lord.

Psalm 29:10-11 “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as King forever. May the Lord give strength to His people! May the Lord bless His people with peace!”

Prayer: Father God, Your grace is indeed sufficient for me. You are King forever and You Alone can give me strength and peace in every trial and test of life. Thank You for the revelation of Your Son as my Savior and King. Thank You for the Holy Spirit as my Counselor, Who takes Your Truth and reveals it to my soul, giving me strength and the assurance of victory! To You be all glory and honor, forever!

Proverbs 24:5-6 “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

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