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Many modern people in the West have some sort of an idea of Christianity. But that view of Christianity rarely has much to do with the very specific descriptions of God’s holiness and sovereign power made in the Bible. Psalm 29 describes God as full of splendor, holy, and powerful. He is the one whose voice can snap mighty trees like the are twigs. His voice makes a whole nation jump like a calf. He provokes a response from all the people, and that response is to sing His glory.
How different this is from the “God is my peace” that people will talk about, the peace and beauty of a non-judgmental sorta mushy kinda loving always accepting godthing who likes us to go fishing or hiking and who would never let anything bad happen to anyone on purpose.
As we move into the Trinity season, the part of the Church year when we walk step by step through many of the foundational events of early Christianity, seeing how God has provided for His people, may we not lose sight of the true God. This is the enthroned king who can do according to his good pleasure. And what is his pleasure? In verse eleven of Psalm 29 we read that He gives strength to his people. This strength is a blessing of peace. Even when God’s voice is breaking trees, thundering, and making nations jump and leap, He gives a blessing of peace. The tree and even the ground is not our place of stability. God’s presence is.
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