This morning Psalm 29:10 caught my eye like a tiny painting in a crowded gallery that grabs your attention as you walk by and won’t let go.
Here’s the verse:
The Lord sat as King over the deluge; the Lord [still] sits as King [and] forever! Psalm 29:10
See? It’s beautiful and strong, but it’s also a little mysterious, don’t you think? I like the word “deluge” a lot, but I wasn’t sure what exactly the psalmist was talking about in this context. I went to some commentaries to dig a little deeper and tried not to be offended when Barnes Notes on the Bible called the meaning “obvious”. Look at this beautiful explanation:
The obvious meaning is, that God is enthroned upon the storm, or presides over that which produces such consternation. It is not undirected; it is not the result of chance or fate; it is not produced by mere physical laws; it is not without restraint – without a ruler – for Yahweh presides over all, and all this may be regarded as his throne.
Yahweh presides over all – so this storm is not outside of His jurisdiction. Indeed, these wild and woolly waves are His throne. Apparently, He doesn’t avoid strong weather the way we would like to avoid it.
And then, the Notes turn their attention to the second part of the verse – “The Lord sits as King forever!” Oh, how I love this:
…this is a thought which tends to make the mind calm and confiding when the winds howl and the thunder rolls…from all the terrors of the storm; from all that is fearful, on the waters, in the forests, on the hills, when it would seem as if everything would be swept away – the mind turns calmly to the thought that God is enthroned upon the clouds; that He presides over all that produces this widespread alarm and commotion, and that He will reign forever and ever.
Any alarm or commotion in your life today? Set your mind on this: He will reign forever and ever. In our strong storms and in our happy summers. On the best days and on the worst. He is not outside of the tumult, He is ruling over it and using it to produce His best beauty in our lives.
Forever and ever. That’s really good news.
Happy to weather the weather with Him,