Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Come Holy Spirit-Transform the Creation
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness”(V.2)
Psalm 29 (1-2) begins with a call to adore and worship God and to give glory to him that he alone deserves. We must be holy and devoted to God and ascribe all glory awe, wonder and honor to him. Then verses 3-9 describes a storm that David saw lashing out in its fury with peals of loud thunder , flashes of lightning, gushing wind and torrential rain, causing havoc to the point of splitting the tall cedar trees of Lebanon, stripping the forests bare, shaking the mountains and deserts and causing the deer to go into premature labour. The storm came from the Mediterranean sea, lashed on Lebanon, then went to Sirion (Mount Hermon) and then through the river Jordan towards the south to Kadesh, shaking the desert land. David was scared when he experienced this storm and calls the thunder as the seven thunders or the voices of God. David asks everyone to worship God at first, then describes the storm in its fury. We see, hear and experience the glory and might of God in the storm. This fear that is aroused in us should remind us of the mighty power of God and the desperate, helpless and defenceless condition of man at the time of God’s judgement. The divine Word of God, under the power of the Holy Spirit is powerful than the thunder-storms of nature, capable of bringing us salvation through a change of mind and bring us peace that transcends all understanding. Verse 10 to 11 reminds us that we need not fear the voice of God as he brings judgement to the sinners, but to those who are redeemed and saved , safety and security like in the Noah’s ark. Then he lets everyone know that the Lord God rules over the storm and he is in control and promises that those who trust in the Lord will be safe and experience the peace of God. God will give us strength and peace and bless his people even if the earth passes away.
We read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4: 37-41. There was a great storm on the sea of Galilee when the wind blew the sea into the boat where Jesus and his disciples were on. It was filling with water and the boat was about to capsize. Jesus was asleep on a seat in the back of the ship. The disciples woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked and said to the waves, “Quiet, be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him". (Mark 4:37-41)
Little did the disciples know that the Lord, the creator of nature itself, was riding with them.
Prayer: When tempests come in our lives, help us Lord to remember that God is still in control and is with us. Let us worship God, ascribe the glory and splendor of his might and submit completely to him. Thank you God for your promise of peace and strength .
Thought for the day: The spirit of God renews our minds when we submit ourselves before His word, that will transform our surroundings.
Alex Thomas MD, New Jersey MTC, Randolph, NJ