Psalm 29 reminds me of God’s power and glory.
Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength.
Honor the LORD for the glory of his name.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD strikes with bolts of lightning.
The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
The LORD reigns as king forever.
The LORD gives his people strength.
The LORD blesses them with peace. (NLT)
God’s power isn’t meant to frighten me; it’s meant to bring me peace. With a Father as powerful as God, should I be quaking or shaking? Of course not! He rules and reigns over all things, and His power is incredible. He gives His children strength and blesses us with peace. Peace is the absence of fear, and David’s psalm reminds me that I need not fear anything or anyone. That makes me want to shout “Glory Be!”
God doesn’t seek glory; He is glory. He doesn’t use His strength to make me obey; He uses it to give me peace. His peace isn’t having everything the way I want it. It is the knowledge that God, my Father, is greater than anything in my path or in my head. When I embrace that, I relax into obedience and find the joy God has in mind for this journey.