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Our Psalm appointed for the Sunday of the Baptism of Christ is Psalm 29. Here God is given glory due to his strength and power. The picture of his power is astounding. He is the one full of power. His voice breaks strong trees. He makes whole nations jump. His voice bursts into flames. He is mightier than a great flood.
What kind of God is this? He is certainly frightening! Yet the result of all this great power is that the Lord is “enthroned over the flood” (v. 10, ESV). This is the mighty God who is able to rule all his creation, no matter how chaotic it seems.
What does God’s rule have to do with his people? Verse 11 gives this blessing. “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (ESV).
The Bible pictures God as so mighty that he can give his people comfort and security. Even if the world should be flooded or burst into flame, he is able to control it. Even if the nations skip around in an earthquake, God is able to keep his people. What can come against the people of God? Not a thing.
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