The weather ended up being perfect and mild- no hair-destroying humidity today! And as the kids played at the park, I watched from a nearby bench and relished in quiet time and a much needed latte. It was the perfect place to just soak in God’s creation. And I don’t know about you, but on days when I can actually quiet the worries in my head, it seems that’s when the Holy Spirit comes alongside and whispers to me the secrets of heaven. It wasn’t long before I was reciting in my thoughts a familiar Psalm:
The Lord sat as King at the flood; yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Those words seemed to come out of nowhere, but I knew they were placed in my heart by the Lord, Himself. So instead of rushing my kids to leave the park, I remained a little longer and allowed myself to meditate on the meaning of the verse. I thought about ol’ Noah in a stinky, overcrowded ark with only the animals and his immediate family to keep him company. Let’s be honest, family is great, but they can definitely grate on your nerves especially when you can’t seem to escape them. Ha! Ever felt like that? Me too. Poor Noah must have felt permanently closed in, crazy claustrophobic, and beyond convinced the rain would never end and the doors of the ark would never open. Ever felt like a door was permanently closed? Yep. Me too. But there’s a strong possibility it’s not, and you’re probably just in a waiting area. Lord, knows I hate waiting as much as the next person, but let’s face it: waiting produces patience. And patience produces perseverance. So if you want to be a strong believer, you have to learn to wait:
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary.
The good news? The rain did stop. The bad news? They weren’t leaving that boat anytime soon. With that much rain, there was nowhere to go anyway. So they waited. And they waited. And they waited some more. Ha! This sounds so much like my life right now. Lord knows I am the most impatient person, and yet all I can do is wait. Same with Noah. He had to wait out the rain. He had to wait for dry land to appear. And he had to wait for the soggy land to become useful again. I have no doubt that when the doors of the ark finally opened, Noah and his family ran from that smelly boat and kissed the earth with such force that even God Himself smiled.
So let’s put Noah’s situation in perspective, and hopefully gain some understanding of our present situation:
- Noah endured AND survived a forever long rainstorm. Are you in a storm that seems never-ending? Good news! There’s an end.
- Noah waited for the rain to end. Are you waiting, looking for any sign that the storm will be over soon? Good news. You will gain new strength.
- Noah waited for the land to appear. Are you waiting for a sign that there is still life outside the storm? Good news. One day, you will run and never become tired (and I hate running).
- Finally, Noah had to wait some more for the land to become useful again. If he would have left the boat before the rain soaked land dried up completely, his feet would have sunk in the mud. Ever try to walk through deep mud? Let me tell you, it’s not fun. You will feel leg muscles you never knew existed. And oh the exhaustion will overwhelm you. God knew that the land wasn’t ready. So He made Noah wait till the land was good and dry. Then the door of the ark was opened, and God’s great grace was once again revealed. Just wait, the door will open for you too and overwhelming grace (unmerited favor) is coming to your house again.
Notice the theme of ol’ Noah’s life? Non-stop waiting! Yep. I hate that word too. But when the wait was over, God did something miraculous. He placed a never before seen rainbow in the sky and made a promise to His child (and His creation) that they would never go through anything like that again. And that promise has stood the test of time. The lesson? While the flood waters raged, the Lord sat as King over the storm. Today, He does the same. He is Lord over the storms of your life. He is Lord in the waiting. And He is Lord when you exit the storm too. As you soak in this powerful truth, take a look at Psalm 29 in its entirety because this Psalm reveals some amazing things about the King of Heaven- things like:
- God is mighty
- God is glorious
- God is strong
- God’s name is wonderful
- God deserves worship
- God is majestic
- God is sovereign
- God has a throne
- God speaks & powerful things happen
- God gives strength to His people, and,
- God blesses His people with peace
By the way, have you ever purposefully studied the Psalms? You don’t have to be a theologian to do this either. A few years back, after my daughter was born, I went through a difficult time. She was born 10 weeks early, and spent 8 weeks in the NICU. When I brought her home, I was thrilled, but I think I had a little post-traumatic stress from the whole pregnancy and hospital stay. My physical body didn’t bounce back, and I had some health issues to deal with. On top of that, Kayla wasn’t the easiest of babies. She cried A LOT! It was during this time, I really needed the strength of the Almighty. For some reason, I decided to go chapter by chapter through the Psalms and write down everything I learned about God. And I mean everything, even if it was repetitive because the Psalms do repeat truth often. Why? Probably because we are forgetful and need to hear one more time that God is all powerful.
I probably spent several weeks doing this because the book of Psalms has 150 chapters, but when I finished my study I felt like I had been washed from the inside out. I can’t even put it into words how that simple study built up my faith. And I remember feeling sad the day I finished the last Psalm because it was such a cleansing experience. It’s probably one of the easiest ways you can begin to study the truths in God’s word. So after today’s reminder from my favorite book of the Bible, I thought it was high time to repeat that study. For the next few weeks, I will go chapter by chapter through the Psalms and rediscover the Almighty who sits as King over the flood. Hopefully, you will join me too!
Blessings in Yeshua