Devotional: Enthroned over the Flood

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.

PSALM 29:10–11

David here presents the Lord as a mighty King on His throne. We see Him enthroned over the restless, raging waters of a flood. These speak to us of tremendous forces unleashed all around us, which threaten our very lives, but which we cannot control. These raging waters also typify the restless, rebellious nations of the world under the dominion of evil spiritual powers.

In his vision on Patmos, John saw a prostitute sitting on many waters, and he was told, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages” (Revelation 17:15). These, too, are hostile to us, as God’s people. Against this background of raging, hostile forces, David reminds us that there is a King who rules over them all. It is the Lord. He waits for us to recognise His kingship and to give Him the praise and glory that are His due.

When we do this, He, in turn, responds to us in two ways: He gives us His strength and He blesses us with His peace. The strength that will uphold us in the midst of all these hostile forces comes only from the Lord. Our own will fail us, but “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). In the midst of the pressures, too, the Lord blesses His people with peace. Peace does not depend upon external circumstances. It comes from acknowledging the Lord enthroned over the flood.

Faith’s Response

Lord, I lift my eyes from the flood to You on Your throne above, and I draw from You the strength and peace that I need.

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