King Over the Flood

“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, NIV)

Psalm 29 celebrates the glory and power of God on display through a massive storm. The storm sweeps in from offshore, and it’s one of those storms where the thunder seems to shake the earth itself. Trees are shattered, snapped, and twisted. Everyone who sees the terrible beauty and awesome power of the storm responds with one word: “Glory!”

Yet even a storm powerful enough to shake the earth and split living trees with its thunder and lightning doesn’t shake God’s people. The Lord sits on His throne over the flood, over the wind and rain. He strengthens and blesses us… with peace. Isn’t it ironic that as God shows His power through the storm, He reveals His greater power by giving us peace?

I often feel overwhelmed these days–that life is flooded and I’m just trying to stay afloat. Reading Psalm 29 this morning reminded me that even when life seems to spin out of control, God is still King forever! He is on His throne and gives peace during the chaos (my chaos is often beautiful, but beautiful chaos is still chaotic) to all who trust in Him.

My prayer this week is that God will remind us that He is enthroned over our flood and that He will bless us with peace as we turn our eyes to Him.

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Trust Brings Joy

“Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you” (Psalm 86:4).

The last several months have been a study in putting trust in God as we came to realize God is calling us to LakeView Church in Stoughton, WI.  There have been days when we wondered if we were hearing God’s voice, and other days when God has spoken more clearly to us than ever before.  I have personally experienced the joy that comes when you place your trust in the Lord, and I pray that God will give me the grace to put my trust in him many more times in the future.

My prayer for you this week is that you, too, will find joy through trusting in the God of our salvation.