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In Psalm 29, we see the power of the Lord, the power of poetry, and most of all, the confident assurance that God is in control. The psalmist calls upon the great and mighty to give thanks unto God, and to worship him in the beauty of holiness, on account of a tempest that had taken place, vs. 1-2. He shouts the wonders produced by a thunderstorm, which he calls the voice of God, vs. 3-9, and speaks of the majesty of God, vs. 10.  He then points out the good He will do to His people in vs.11.

There is no storm over which He is not Lord. I don’t know about you but I kind of have a love-hate relationship with storms. One part of me loves to watch and stand in awe and another part of me is gripped with fear and awe.  Storms have a way getting your attention and perhaps that’s part of the point of the psalm.

Almost the entire psalm is talking about how God is powerful over all the earth. He conquers the trees, the mountains, the deserts, and the weather. Specifically, these are the things that we cannot conquer and that, typically, are intimidating and threatening to us. We see God crushing all these things that can crush us. Then, at the very end, we see this powerful God turn and deal with us with such kindness, imparting His own strength and peace to us.  

We all experience storms in life. They sometimes change our lives forever and yet we can’t control them … This Psalm talks about His voice being in the storm. Storms have a way of getting our attention and sometimes redirecting our steps.  They often change our plans but often I miss hearing his voice in the storm offering His peace. Let this last verse of Psalm 29 wash over you and give you peace in the midst of whatever storm you may be facing.  

11 “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”

As I sit here watching a brief rain storm from my porch at family camp and gaze at the Rocky Mountain National Park, it seems unfathomable to me that the God who made all this, and speaks everything into existence cares for us and desires to give us peace in the midst of what we perceive to be big storms. He could crush us much easier than crushing a mountain or a giant tree, and yet he doesn’t. He lifts us up, closer to him.

We see in this Psalm that it’s by His voice alone that he can accomplish all this. He need not even lift a finger. It calls us back to Genesis where he speaks everything into being—and here we see His voice calling much of it away.  One of my favorite storms in the New Testament is where Jesus is in the boat on the Sea of Galilee.  Remember the story? He falls asleep and the disciples go into panic mode when the storm hits.  Jesus, leans over the boat and speaks to the storm and all is still. Can you imagine the peace in that moment as all of creation obeys his voice? Jesus is in the boat when you and I have storms come up, and He has all the power to just speak the word and bring peace. 


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Let’s lean in and come close as David speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 

"Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him" (Romans 4:6-8)

Can you imagine King David shaking your hand? He’d see you from across the room only to make a beeline straight to you in order to congratulate you. Sounds weird, right? And yet, in the Psalms, King David saw a glimpse of what was coming through the Messiah, the time we now live in and called us blessed. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: (Ok I confess I enjoy reading other translations, it just seems to make the verses jump up and say, wow I never saw that before.) 

“Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does:

Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.

Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.” (Rom. 4:6-8 AMP)

King David saw this through the eyes of faith and said these people should be congratulated because they are extremely blessed.

What did he see?

He saw that God would not only forgive sin, which King David experienced himself so he understood its importance. But he also saw that through the Messiah (Jesus) believers in Him would live with sin NEVER being a charge against them.

He goes on to say that their sin will be forgiven, covered, and forgotten. In the way Paul wrote this, the Greek word he used for ‘will not’ is called an emphatic double negative, meaning that sin will never, not ever, be counted against us. This is the strongest language that could ever be used to describe the state of the New Testament believer.

He is also using this double negative with the word credited, an accounting term, that means imputed, charged, or reckoned with. Think about a credit card. When a purchase is made, the amount charged is then imputed to the cardholder and has to be paid later. However, David says that the Lord will never (not ever, ever, ever) charge sin against us making us pay for it. He won’t charge us because ... Jesus was charged, and He paid the ultimate price for sin once for all (Heb. 10:1014).

Understanding this, you can see why King David called us blessed!

Paul shows us that we are completely justified and declared righteous by faith in what Jesus did for us apart from anything we can do. I hope I never get over this truth. 

Today, I invite you to evaluate your heart to see where you fall on this continuum. Do you live a life weighed down by feelings of the guilt and shame associated with your sin or have you found the freedom to enjoy the righteous standing you have before God?  Can I share one of my favorite songs with you today. Click the link below...

Big Daddy Weave - "Redeemed" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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