Many people look at God as a grey-haired, bearded old man sitting up in heaven just waiting for someone to mess up so He can zap them with thunderbolts to straighten them out again. As we read Psalm 29, it’s easy to see how some might take that view. Starting in verse 5, we have a list of things that the voice of the LORD can do: breaking cedars into pieces, moving mountains, striking with flashes of lightning, shaking the desert, twisting oaks and stripping forests bare.
These are pretty powerful acts done to some of nature’s most impressive objects. And yet, it should come as no surprise that the voice of the LORD can do these things since it was that very same voice that spoke all of creation into existence. Surely, if He can make it, He can shake and break it.
So why is David telling us all of this? Is it just to remind us that God can destroy things? That we better behave ourselves or we might find ourselves at the wrong end of a lightning bolt? No. Instead, David is reminding us that God has power and control over all these big, impressive things in order to convince us that He has power and control over ALL things.
As we enter Holy Week, we’re also reminded of God’s great love for us. It is this combination of great love and great power that is truly good news for us. For out of His great love for us, He gives us His strength rather than using it against us. And it is out of that great strength that we are blessed with His peace.
May you come to feel His strength and know His peace this Easter season.