Psalm 29: Chaos Theory

I deeply admire those who are expertly organized and skillfully systematic. Some days my admiration can even morph into envy. While some among us seamlessly arrange life like a 2011 edition Excel spreadsheet, my approach feels more like a 1937 cubist painting. I think my life has all the right parts, yet I struggle to arrange them in a recognizable format.

Maybe Psalm 29 was written for me—or those like me. This worship song paints an expressive portrait of a planet teetering on the brink of breaking apart. Churning water, rumbling thunder, splintering trees, flashing lightening and shifting soil create the image of a world ready to collapse into complete chaos.

In the midst of the chaos, one thing is constant: God. God can handle the chaos—sometimes he even causes it. From what appears to be an utterly disordered world, God emerges as our only permanent source of personal stability.

So if your world starts twisting and turning, try your best to remember: (vs. 10-11)

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.

May we all find a way to enjoy God’s strength and peace, no matter the chaos in us or around us.

enCompass Church


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