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!
The words of psalmists are often instructional and invitational. We can often join in to the words and aspirations of different psalmists with our own prayers, praises, hopes, fears, and laments. Such is the case here, in Psalm 29. Here, we are invited to remember who God is and to ask for the blessings of the Lord.
God is enthroned over all the floods and plains of the earth. God is Lord, and king forever of the universe. Knowing these things about who God is should then prompt us to boldly ask things in relationship with God. This psalmist declares that you have permission to ask for blessings from God. Perhaps you desire help in recognizing blessings you already have. Ask for it. Or perhaps you desire newfound blessings in your time of need. This psalmist knows that the blessings of the Lord are the greatest blessings we will ever know or receive. So, this day, let us join in with the psalmist and ask for God to give strength to people in 2021. Strength is a blessing, and a noteworthy one as we turn the pages to a new calendar year. We find ourselves in new waters, but we have the same God. New year, same God. All the floods and storms of 2020 we ask boldly that God would bring to a swift end so that people around the world can be strengthened in love and in health. We ask for Peace to bless people all over the globe. Give thanks today for God’s blessings, and be willing to ask for them, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.