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King of Floods

 

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.

 

So beautiful!

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,

Bo

April 12, 2012 - 7:26 am

Susan from Nebraska - Love this so much and it is exactly what I needed for the day! Thanks Bo!

April 12, 2012 - 7:32 am

Kristen Wohlers - Beautiful words. Thanks for sharing Bo.

April 12, 2012 - 8:15 am

vicki miles - Thank you for this beautiful reminder of good news!

April 12, 2012 - 9:02 am

stacy stanley - wonderful words…

April 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

Susie Kay - Our Lord is and everyday God. And you know about that.
I take great comfort in knowing He is with me and about me in everything……………..EVERYTHING!
We were talking about this in Home Group – however we were discussing angels (Psalm 91:11-12) and how we have seen them manifesting in our lives. There were a lot of stories about how angels (His Presence) were present in our everyday lives. I know that He was with me in my mother’s kitchen when I was waiting for word from the doctors who were operating on my 6 week old son’s heart. I was 22 and terrified; however, He appeared before me and comforted me, telling me everything would be alright…and it was! I have been so blessed and comforted to know He cares about all my storms. And He has ever since…

April 12, 2012 - 11:53 am

Arlene - Imagine . . . what would the storm be like if God was not presiding over it? Yikes! A great reminder that God is in control of everything! Thanks for sharing, Bo.

April 18, 2012 - 9:51 am

Teresa Brown - I’ve had that feeling where a painting in a museum or galley grabs your attention and won’t let go. I could not take my eyes off and after 12 years I am still searching the internet for a copy.
Being unemployed I have been feeling this flood all too recently but unlike the painting, I have been taking my eyes off of God and have been pushing myself to see what’s really going on here.
This post was what I needed to hear and thank you for sharing 🙂
Hugs

April 19, 2012 - 2:33 am

Rose Remick - Thank you for your honesty, vulnerability, and transparency. I needed it 🙂