Reading: Psalm 29
The voice of God is everywhere. It is both powerful and majestic. We can recognize it in the loud thunder, in the forceful winds, and in the shaking of the lightning. In the storms of life, it can be harder to hear God’s voice. Yet God is everywhere. It can be hard to hear God’s voice amidst the raging, but God is there. God never leaves us. Verse three reads, “the voice of the Lord is over the waters”. If we tune into the rhythmic falling rain or the steadily moving waters, we can discern the voice of our God who “gives strength to His people: the Lord who blesses His people with peace”. In the storm, if we can tune in and seek God’s voice, God is there.
It can be so hard to only see the chaos swirling around us in a storm or trial. It can be hard to focus on anything other than the chaos. But God is not in the chaos. In times of chaos, it can help to go simple. Taking a couple moments to utter a simple prayer over and over can be very powerful. It can bring the peace and blessing promised in the Psalm. One can use the Psalm, praying “O Lord” as you slowly breathe in and praying “give me strength” as you slowly breathe out. Or one can pray “Lord God” and then “bless me with peace” as one breathes slowly in and out. The short breathed prayer can also be specific to the need or trial at hand. In those times of need, taking a few minutes to pray over and over as we breathe in and out certainly invites God in and provides fertile ground for the promised strength and peace to take root.
Simple prayers that invite God into our lives are powerful and effective. They remind us of the power and majesty of our Lord. The Psalm opens with the line, “ascribe the Lord glory and strength”. In our times of trial and need, may we seek the Lord our God, trusting in God’s glory and strength.