May 27, 2021
Psalm 29:1-4, 10-11 (NRSV)
Renni P. Morris
First Farragut UMC
Psalm 29:1-4, 10-11 -- The Voice of God in a Great Storm
A Psalm of David.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. …
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Recently, a series of thunderstorms rocked our region. We were deluged by wave after wave of heavy rain with warnings of flash floods, severe storms, and tornado watches. I stayed inside all day!
How do you respond to storms?
We found our rat terrier, Betsy, one July 5th at the lake. The fourth of July fireworks had frightened her and she became separated from her family. She left what was familiar and swam to our boat in the middle of a cove. We soon learned she was also terrified of thunderstorms. When a storm blew through, she would vanish to a hiding place in the house. Later we would find evidence of her agitation: something would be destroyed as she scratched it repeatedly. She hid from storms in a destructive way.
As a child, whenever it stormed, my Daddy would say, “Let’s go sit on the porch a while.” We would silently observe the flashes of lightning and listen to the thunder. Eventually, Daddy would remind me there was no need to be afraid, that God was in the storm. The storm was just part of God’s creation and we had to sit with it until it left.
Literal storms require us to seek safety and shelter. Figurative storms— divorce or broken relationship... job loss... illness and depression —require safety and shelter as well. They require the safety and shelter of God’s loving presence and the community God provides for us. We can wait through the storm, trusting that God is in it and that God is at work. God will provide the strength and peace we need.
I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm. Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar. Up from the ashes, hope will arise. Death is defeated, the King is alive. (from the song “Raise A Hallejuah”)