Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Just a note for those who are counting - the three year lectionary changes the Gospel reading for the Baptism of the Lord from year to year. It is a cyclical reading but not very much so.
Our Psalm for this week is Psalm 29. Here God is the one whose voice is like thunder. He is the one who is glorious and powerful. He speaks and all sorts of things happen.
We may well ask whether we feel entirely safe around such a Lord. Many times people are at least a little bit afraid of thunder. What about one who can drown out the sound of water, whose voice braks trees and who moves entire nations. His voice makes fire, causes animals to give birth, and can deforest an area. This does not sound like the kind of person I’d want to talk with.
What’s the good news in this Psalm? It is that God is for his people. He is the gracious and merciful Lord who gives his strength to his people. In verse 11 God is the God who blesses his people.
For this reason, we turn the Psalm around and ask who would feel unsafe around such a God? The unsafe one is God’s enemy. Those who would assault God’s people, those who would disrespect the true God, they are in danger from God’s wrath. But his people are given strength and peace.
Those who trust in the Lord are perfectly safe in God’s hand. He is able to keep those who belong to him. Thanks be to God.
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