A Word from the Word

Enthroned over the Flood


Psalm 29:10–11

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.       NIV

The psalmist there presents the Lord as a mighty King on His throne. He’s enthroned over the flood, over the mighty, raging waves of the sea. The sea speaks to us there of tremendous forces let loose in the universe which could threaten our very life and which we cannot control, but the psalmist reminds us that over those forces there is a King – one who sits on a throne – and it’s the Lord.

The psalmist says elsewhere that when we give the Lord our praises we enthrone Him. We acknowledge Him as a King and then He works as King on our behalf. And so when we recognize that the Lord is enthroned above the flood and when we offer Him our praises, then He responds in two ways: He gives strength to His people and He blesses His people with peace. Ultimately, the strength that will see us through the days of pressure is the strength that comes from the Lord.

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” and in the midst of all the pressure, God blesses His people with peace. Peace does not depend upon external circumstances. It depends on a personal relationship to the Lord enthroned on the flood.