Reading: Psalm 29
Our Psalm today begins by reminding us to give God the glory and to worship the Lord “in the splendor of His holiness”. The Psalm continues and shares how God’s voice is powerful and majestic. God’s voice thunders, flashes, and shakes and breaks the earth. There is indeed much power in the voice of God – much like a huge thunderstorm that rolls in. In the rolls of thunder that shake the house and in the flashes of lightning that illuminates everything, I gain a sense of God’s power. It is unavoidable. Even in the rains that fall, one sees God’s blessing and provision.
For me, it is easy to see God in the powerful thunderstorm. But when the storms of life settle in, I can find it difficult to sense God is near. I find this to be particularly true when the storm seems to rage for a period of time. I feel a sense of being alone and I struggle to hear the powerful and majestic voice of God. I allow the worries of the world to wash over my faith and to obscure the voice and presence of God. And then I near the point of breaking, of drowning in the storm, and I cry out and reach out to the Lord our God. And God is right there. Has been all along. I wonder why I didn’t seek God sooner. God is always present – it was I who was absent.
After such storms, I am more aware of my constant need for God. But as life returns to normal, I can drift again. For me, prayer is the key to staying connected. God desires a relationship that is 24-7-365. God desires to be my God in the good and in the bad. There is a song from the O.C. Supertones that reminds me of this. The song is called Jury Duty. The pre-chorus sings, “You know I haven’t had the best of days, but I want to stop and thank you anyway”. Even on a bad day, God blesses us. The chorus goes on to sing, “Cuz every single moment, whether sleeping or awake, is your creation, and what you’ve made is good. I don’t always thank you for the rough days and the hard times in my life, even though I should”. Even on those ‘jury duty’ days, we need to be in connection to God. On those days especially!
O Lord, when I am tempted to just get on with the busyness of the day, slow me down and center me in prayer. On those stormy days, help me to remember to bow to you and to worship in the splendor of your holiness. And at the end of each day, whether good or bad, always draw me back to you, offering you my thanksgiving and praise. May it be so each day. Amen.