Psalm 29 (continued)
One thing to remember about the storm is that the Psalmist portrays God as being fully present in that activity. The storm is fierce. The storm is dangerous. The storm brings damage to the creation. Yet, God is the mover of the storm, the one whose voice thunders and who breaks the Lebanon cedars.
It is one thing to trust that God is with us in the midst of the storm, trusting that God’s blessing to us will protect us. It is totally another thing entirely to deal with the notion that God is the one who has caused the storm in the first place! “Sure God,” we say, “we trust that you will get us through this.” However we rarely go on to ask God, “Why?” Why is the storm happening? What am I supposed to do? Is there something you are trying to say in the storm?
It’s interesting that the storm seems to be the result of God’s voice. Throughout the Scriptures, we see again and again the power of God’s Word, through God’s speech. With words, God created the earth. Through utterances, God brings forth a storm which destorys it as well. How seriously do I take the power of God’s speaking (God’s revelation to me)? Am I changed (built up or torn down) by the power of God’s voice? For that matter, am I truly listening for God’s voice so that I can be built up (re-created) or torn down?
Suhocki (Disciplines for Jan. 8, 2003) appeals to Psalm 139 in thinking about God’s presence in the storm. “The storms from which we shrink are not so alien as we have feared. God is in the storm. Psalm 139 reminds us that nowhere we can go is beyond the presence of our God — even in the storm, God is there. Even more, God is creatively there).
The goal for me is to begin look for God’s creative impulse in the midst of the storms. I need to recognize that the dark and bumpy times represent a means by which change can happen, times in which God’s voice is more present. It is a matter of embracing storms rather than running from them.