A Day to Praise

17 Oct

Yesterday was Dad’s 86th birthday and today we are celebrating with a special dinner and lemon meringue pie.  So, it is a great day to look at Psalm 29.  A psalm of praise.

“Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention!
Dress your best to honor him!

God thunders across the waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness—
God, across the flood waters.

God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s thunder symphonic.

God’s thunder smashes cedars,
God topples the northern cedars.

The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.

God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
from which his power flows,
from which he rules the world.

11 God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

I decided to include all of the psalm because it isn’t very long and all the images are intertwined.  The writer uses the experience of nature, particularly that of water to see the power of God.  There was a day almost 20 years ago when I stood on the porch when a really strong storm was approaching the area. First the winds came through bending the branches of the trees and rattling the leaves.  Then the rain came down in sheets and quickly flooded the street.  It was amazing the change the occurred in a short time.  I can imagine the psalmist seeing that kind of storm arise and feeling the power of God within it.

For me, the question is what language or what image would I use to describe the wonder of God?  Where do you see the wonder, or power, or grace of God in your day?  What song can you sing to tell about the nature of God to others?  For me, it is always a great day when I can see the beauty of God’s creative nature.  Today it was the multi-colored leaves of wonderful oak tree.  This time of year always reminds me of the diversity and extravagant beauty of God.

I hope you find something to praise today.

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