Psalm 29: The Promise of Peace
Psalm 29 speaks repeatedly of the power of God’s voice:
Verse 4: “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”
Verse 5: “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.”
Verse 7: “The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.”
Verse 8: “The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.”
Verse 9: “The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare.”
The message proclaimed in these verses is that the God we call out to in our prayers is all powerful! All of creation is subservient to his voice!
The psalm concludes with a statement and a blessing: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”
Even in the midst of the turmoil of life, peace can settle in our souls when we take to heart that God Almighty sits on the throne.
Catherine Marshall told a parable about peace: Once there was a king who offered a reward to the artist who could paint a picture with the best depiction of peace. After all the paintings were submitted, it came to a decision between two. One was the painting of a calm lake which perfectly mirrored peaceful towering mountains surrounding the lake. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who looked at this painting saw in it a perfect depiction of peace. The other painting also contained mountains, but these mountains were rugged and bare. Overhead was an angry sky, with rain falling and lightning flashing. Down the side of the mountain roared a waterfall. Most observers were struck by the turbulence in the painting. But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest, and she sat upon her nest in perfect peace. The king decided to give the reward to the artist of the second painting, explaining, “Peace does not necessarily have to do with being in a place where there is no noise or trouble. Peace can come in the midst of those things if there is a calmness in one’s heart.”
Such is the assurance we find in Psalm 29: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”