Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.  The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.  The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.  He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.  The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.  The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.  May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! (Psalm 29 ESV)
Peace in the Middle
LIfe is difficult. We long for heaven, for the trials and pains of this life to end, for the face of our savior to shine on us and welcome us into everlasting joy. Then the alarm goes off and we stumble out of our beds only to start grinding away at another day. It doesn’t seem like it today, because it’s Friday. We love Fridays because they carry within their 24 hour timeframe the one thing we all want: rest. The biblical idea of rest is shalom, or peace. The absence of strife and the joy of completion and unity in creation. We all long for peace. In this stormy Psalm we have discovered that God is not always a peaceful being. He arrives on the winds of a storm and slams his hands to the ground as a blacksmith does an anvil. Yet, in the final verse of this Psalm we see peace coming to God’s people. How does peace come to God’s people?
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14 ESV)
Peace for the people of God arrives when Jesus does, for he is our peace, our mediator, our savior, our king. May God’s glory resound this weekend as you gather with fellow believers to praise this prince of peace, this king of glory, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.