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Braving the Floods

Written by Rev. Rebecca D. Reeder, Associate Pastor, Sewickley Presbyterian Church Daily 414, Sept. 4, 2020

Psalm 93

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.

He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

the floods have lifted up their voice;

the floods lift up their roaring.

More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

more majestic than the waves of the sea,

majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;

holiness befits your house,

O Lord, forevermore.

Maybe it’s because I woke up to find a leak in our kitchen ceiling, or maybe because I’ve been longing to be on a beach somewhere, but as I read Psalm 93 this morning the verses about water – floods and waves – stood out to me. There’s so much water imagery in the Bible though – it’s an image that always resonates with me. I think of Genesis, the Spirit hovering over the deep waters in the dawn of creation. My mind also goes immediately to Jesus walking on water, calming the storms, calling Peter out into the deep. I love that Jesus did these things because it’s evidence of and a reminder of his complete divinity, even as he is also fully human. For only God is more majestic than the waves of the sea.

It’s like I can hear the waves crashing, the roaring of the water. We’ve been dealing with roaring floods for a while now. Do you hear it too? Life feels noisy in the thunders of mighty waters.

But then these verses come and remind me that God is more majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, sovereign over the roaring floods. Jesus comes to me, walking on the waves, more majestic – more beautiful, with impressive dignity – than any flood that may lift its voice against me. Jesus calms the roaring of floods and thundering of mighty waters, and calls me once again out of the boat, into the deep. He is robed in majesty and surrounded with strength, and in Him I can trust even in the storm.

Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior. –Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans: Where Feet May Fail”

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