Daily Archives: September 5, 2009

Strength and Peace

Psalm 29:1-11 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

[2] Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

[3] The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

the God of glory thunders,

the Lord, over many waters.

[4] The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

[5] The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;

the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

[6] He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,

and Sirion like a young wild ox.

[7] The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

[8] The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

[9] The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth

and strips the forests bare,

and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

[10] The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

[11] May the Lord give strength to his people!

May the Lord bless his people with peace!

David calls out for Israel to ascribe to God the qualities that God possesses. It is important for us to remind ourselves of the God that we serve. It is important that we grow in our understanding and appreciation and praise of just how great He truly is.

In this Psalm we are told to worship Him because of His glory, strength, splendour of holiness, power, majesty, ubiquitous providence, and grace. After rehearsing all these qualities the Psalm ends with a plea to God, a prayer.

If you get a true understanding of the power, majesty, necessary involvement in even the most “natural” occurrences, then what will you ask God to do for you?

David, after reminding us and himself of what God does and is, makes a request – strength and peace. No call here for money or disease and trouble free living or comfort or any of the many things that might occur to us to be asked for if we become convinced that God is all that the Scriptures say that He is. He asks for strength and for peace.

Strength to handle the difficulties, the enemies, the things that come into our lives and into the life of the people of God, into the life of the church. Give me strength to handle the things that mark this life.

And he prays for peace. Peace in the heart, among the people of God. Peace in the world, in communities … .

What a good reminder this is! Our God can do whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). O Lord, be pleased to enable me to handle a very difficult life. Give us the ability to fight bravely in the warfare that the Christian life is. Give us peace. Give us the peace that comes from knowing You through faith in Your Son. Give us the peace that causes us to want others to know you too and spurs us into the world with the Gospel. Strength and peace. It is what we need most and it is what God is willing to give us. He has the power and knowledge and the heart to do so. He is willing. Ask Him for good things and He will not refuse you.

O Lord, give your church strength and peace.