Psalm 93 – God is Lord over the Flood
Anyone who has witnessed the power of water rushing unchecked is aware of the power of the flood. The waves of tsunamis have wrought an incredible amount of death and destruction. Hurricanes with days of non-stop rain have ravaged cities along our coast. In Noah’s time the flood wiped all living beings off the face of the earth except the few in the ark. Psalm 93 reminds us, as powerful as the flood can be, our God is more powerful. God is Lord over the flood.
Psalm 93 is a Royal psalm; a psalm of praise of God the king. The Lord God is King. His thrown will never fail. “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength. Yes, the world is established: it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” (1-2) The floods may come roaring, but our God will prevail: “The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice, the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” (3-4)
We don’t have to fear the noise of the storm around us because our God is Lord of the storm.
As I’m reflecting on this, it seems we are constantly being deluged by another type of flood—a media flood, social media as well as the press. Everyday, every hour, tweets and news flashes spread fear and gloom. Partisan politics is overwhelming us with negative messages. No one is able to cross the partisan divide in order to work together for the good of our country. Ads and commercials for the presidential campaign are already appearing on the airwaves and we haven’t even reached 2020.
As politicians debate the merit of health care for all, their constituents continue to drown in a flood of paperwork because of theirs or a loved one’s illness. Just navigating everyday health care expenses and dealing with insurance can be overwhelming. And then there’s the ever-present message about instability and tensions in the Middle East. We are drowning in negativity.
In the midst of all of this, remember that God is Lord of the flood. Whatever the future holds, God will ultimately prevail. We just have to hang on tight, clinging to God’s word.
What are the floods in your life? How has God helped you through them?
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