“You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.” Psalm 89:9
“O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth…who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.” Psalm 65:5,7
“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea- the LORD on high is mighty.” Psalm 93:4
As I write this, there are protests in Hong Kong, Russia, and Puerto Rico, as well as, missiles recently launched from North Korea and Iran. Our own country has unrest at the border and within the halls of government. Nations are in uproar, there is kingdom against kingdom, and people are anxious concerning the time in which we live. There are moments that we, like the disciples on the stormy sea, cry out, “Teacher, don’t your care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38)
The disciples, even as seasoned fisherman, were afraid of the breaking waves and the water that swamped their secure place, their boat. As troubles rise in our nation, we are hit with feelings of insecurity.
The Psalms have a lot to teach us about our storms in life. The roaring seas and the pounding waves are often used as symbols of the rise and fall of nations and the rulers that try to impress. So, as the nations conspire and the people plot in vain (Psalm 2:1) against the Master of the universe, the waves hit close to home, and we find ourselves afraid of the future. Do we have faith to see a bigger picture? Do we choose to know that our God reigns in the storm? Do we believe that in the present storm the Presence of Jesus is with us? Let us pray in faith like Psalm 93.
The seas have lifted up, but we reply, ”the LORD reigns in majesty and is armed with strength.”
The seas have lifted up their voice, but we declare, “His throne is firmly established for all eternity.”
The seas have lifted up their pounding waves, but we proclaim, “the LORD on high is mightier than these!”
Today, be still and know that Jesus is present and calms the storm. The kingdom of God is near in Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace and will be honored by every nation. His government and peace will have no end.
Prayer: Father, we ask that our faith is increased to believe that you subdue the storms, scatter the enemies, and cause wars to cease to the ends of the earth! Your Word endures forever, and holiness adorns your house for endless days. Thank you for the peace we have in Jesus, and give your servants boldness to proclaim Your Word, the Good News that Jesus saves. In Christ’s name, Amen.