I am one of those strange people who actually enjoy a stormy day! The flash of the lightning, the crack of the thunder, the smell and sounds of the rain are things that I thoroughly enjoy. There is a sense of awe that overwhelms me on stormy days as I realize just how powerful God is and how small I am. My mind focuses on the majesty and power of God when I enjoy the sights and sounds of a thunderstorm.
Psalm 29 describes a storm experienced by David. Although the text doesn’t say, it could be that David penned these words as he viewed a storm roll across the land. David began this psalm by giving glory to God- “Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name…” (vv. 1-2a). As he saw the storm clouds forming, David didn’t run from the storm, but rather, ascribed glory to the One who he knew was in perfect and complete control of the storm.
David began to describe the storm in vv. 3-9- “…the God of glory thundereth…the voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty…The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars…The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness…The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve…” It is significant that David referenced God’s voice seven times between vv. 3-9. As David viewed this mighty storm, he couldn’t help but think of the mighty voice of God. God’s voice is like the thunder roaring across the sky and shaking the earth. God’s voice is like the bolts of lightning breaking and splintering the mighty cedars into pieces. The storms remind us of the power in God’s voice. They remind us that He alone is sovereign and that He “…sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever” (v. 10). He is truly in control and the power of a storm reminds us of the power of our God.
As believers, we should not fear the storms of life. God will allow storms into our lives through various trials and testings, yet He has promised to “…give strength unto his people…” and to “…bless his people with peace” (v. 11). God’s working in your life may involve many storms. Yet we must remember as God’s people, that our God is not only over the storm but He is in the storm with us as well promising us blessing and peace. God’s voice is often heard most clearly in a storm. So next time you find yourself in a storm, listen to what God is trying to teach you. Next time you are in a storm, remember that He is in control. Next time you are in a storm, look for His glory and strength to be displayed. Next time you are in a storm, give glory due unto His name.