Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders. The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, The voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a wild ox. The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calf and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
Woa. Sounds pretty intense—trees breaking, thunder, flooding, lightning. The forests are stripped bare. Who is behind all of this? And why won’t it just stop? Well, it goes on to say,
The Lord sat as King of the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Reading this Psalm Tuesday morning was a beautiful thing. I was reminded that when storms come into my life, I can be sure that The Lord is the One sitting over the flood and sitting as King forever. I can trust Him!
Just this week I also came across a song on Ann Voskamp’s blog by Bethel. It’s entitled, “In Over My Head.” It speaks to me so deeply.
(I’m not sure why, but the video may not be able to be seen. If not, look it up for yourself and listen to the words!!)
The pull of this world to stay on shore and avoid storms and difficulties is strong. I want ease and comfort so many times over trials or hard circumstances…which I am sure is a normal thing for most people, but when you know the King who sits over the flood and storm, and you know how He cares for you, then part of me wants to be drawn into something bigger than me, something that I can’t perfectly control.
As I have been praying for God to re-direct my heart into His heart, I’ve been greatly encouraged because He has helped me! He has re-directed my thoughts away from some of the material, earthly desires that won’t matter a bit at the end of my life, and into His heart, allowing me to rise above the junk that distracts me way too easily.
And I have been drawn to this song because she sings about stepping away from the shore and into the waters of whatever God calls you to. Now don’t get me wrong, I love that song, “Oceans,” about walking on the waters wherever God leads you. I do. But I relate more to being ” in over my head…..sink or swim, it makes no difference when I am beautifully in over my head.”
The Lord sat as King over the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever.
“Come and do whatever You want to….Further and further my heart moves away from the shore. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come, I am Yours!….And You crush over me; I’ve lost control, but I’m free. I’m going under, I’m in over my head……”
….and it’s a beautiful thing.