“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!”
The 29th psalm is my favorite. For several reasons. This morning I chose to read it simply because I wanted to; there was no initial thought to connect it with the hurricane approaching the East coast…but the application is there. Because our Lord sits enthroned over all things.
That does not mean, obviously, that natural disasters will not happen. Our sin broke the perfection of this world and that is part of the consequence. The vastness of its effects shows us just how destructive sin is. But our God still reigns. And so we hope in that reality. That the God who loves us greatly sits enthroned as king forever, enthroned over all the storms – literal and figurative – that come breaking into our lives.
Because He does love us greatly. Greatly enough to send His Son to die in our place, so we could be restored in relationship with the God for whom we were created, the God who makes us whole, and so we could one day experience forever the new heaven and new earth that sin has not touched. Where there will be no more crying or pain or sickness or disaster or death. All of those former things, all of the things we see or experience and think, “It should not be this way; this should not have happened” – all of that will pass away, and all will be made new.
If we are in Christ, that is what awaits us. That is where we are heading. This is only a shadow and it does not compare to His glorious reality.
While we are here, in this mortal life, in this broken world, we will experience difficulty. It might feel as if we have lost everything. But we cannot lose Him. We cannot lose our Lord. He is still enthroned and He is still pouring out love for us, pointing us to the cross as clear evidence of His great mercy and love, directing our attention away from these things that are so temporary so we can see the wondrous beauty and fullness of joy that is coming. Because even if we lose our lives here, if we have accepted Christ, we leave this life to be clothed with immortality, “so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2 Corinthians 5:4).
We are greatly loved. And so the Lord will give strength to His people. All the strength we need for each day as we look to Him to fill us with Himself. And He will give us peace – His peace that passes all understanding. Peace that abides deeply with the knowledge that our God who is good, our God who is light and in Him is no darkness whatsoever, our God who is gracious and whose heart is kind, our God who is wise and understanding, our God who sees us: this God is the LORD, the King who is enthroned forever and who reigns over all things.