We all experience difficulty, and David penned a psalm because he had just heard the voice of the Lord in a thunderstorm and saw His power in the hurricane whose path he describes in Psalm 29:
Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is 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,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the 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 everyone says, “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
In the cool calm after the storm, that overwhelming power by which heaven and earth are shaken is promised to be the strength of God’s chosen. He who hurls the unerring lightning bolt will give to His redeemed the wings of eagles: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Is 40:31).
He Who shakes the earth with His voice will terrify the enemies of His saints and will give His children peace. “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chron 20:15b).
Charles Spurgeon asks: Why are we weak when we have divine strength to flee to? Why are we troubled when the Lord’s own peace is ours? Jesus, the mighty God, is our strength. Let us put Him on and go forth to our service. Jesus, our blessed Lord, is also our peace; let us rest in Him today and end our fears. What a blessing to have Him for our strength and peace both now and forever! That same God who rides upon the clouds in days of storm will also rule the hurricane of our tribulation, and before long, He will send us days of peace. We will have strength for the storms and songs for fair weather. Let us begin to sing at once unto God, our strength and our peace. Let the dismal thoughts be gone, replaced by faith and hope!