Praying with the Psalms – Saturday 25th July

Time to press reset

Psalm 29

  1. Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
  2. Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;
    worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
  3. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
    the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
  4. The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;
    the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
  5. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
  6. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
  7. The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
  8. The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare;
    in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
  9. The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.
  10. The Lord shall give strength to his people;
    the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Reflection

Over these last few months many of us will have been relying heavily on the internet. But if your experience is anything like mine there will have been times when your internet has gone ‘wobbly’.

Sometimes it may be something amiss with a tablet or computer but there have been other times when the router, seems to have got “its brains” in a knot. At those times I have had to hit the “reset” button. This action allows the router’s “brains” to unscramble themselves and ensures that the router can once again do the task it was made for.

It has been my repeated experience that watching and spending time within God’s incredible creation is a great ‘reset button’… re-orientating and re-aligning me for the task I was made for. That task, my ultimate purpose, is to praise God, my loving heavenly Father.

In this Psalm David looks out at all of creation… he sees the animals, the mighty trees, the rivers and oceans the vast dry deserts, the thunder, the lightening and the tree shattering wind. As David looks out on creation he recognises and is caught up in the splendour and ultimate power of God the creator.

Faced with such magnificent splendour, faced with such amazing power David can do nothing except that which he was designed for: that is to praise and worship God, his heavenly father. God, who cares for his people and gives them strength and his blessing of peace.

You might like to spend some time today gazing at and reflecting on God’s creation. You could perhaps intentionally go into your garden if you have one or go for a nature walk if you are safely able to do so.

If these aren’t possible for you, you might want to use one of the incredible nature videos on YouTube as an alternative. Simply search for “amazing earth nature video”.

It is in and through our praise and worship of God that, just like David, we are reminded of God’s majesty, power and strength which he uses to bless us and empower us. In God’s amazing grace he uses our praise and worship of him, our creator, to “reset” us to him and his purposes. So let’s take time to praise him today.

Steve Beck
Associate Hub Leader
(North East Hub)