UNTIL THE STORM PASSES BY

“The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters…The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” (Psalm 29)

The 29th Psalm describes a mighty thunder storm and the impressions it created upon David as he watched it pass. He was standing in Jerusalem and he could see the blackness in the north as storm grew closer:

“The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.”

As the thundering and lightening bore down upon the city David’s poetic spirit felt caught in a majestic and fearful drama which played out around him:

“The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.”

As the cloud moved on, as the thundering became more distant, David watched the storm bearing down upon the wilderness, in the south country, and he imagined the dry river beds which were now a mighty deluge as the drought was ended:

“The LORD sitteth upon the flood”

As a soul that was spiritually senitive David perceived the presence of God in the storm, the rolling thunder, the flashing lightening and the lashing rain.  He even imagined the world to be a mighty temple where the sovereign Lord was always active, speaking and operating revealing Himself in all His awesome glory:

“in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.”

David’s thoughts were transported through the natural thunderstorm to storms of different types; war, famine, sickness and death. But through it all he had this calm assurance; that God’s voice is heard through every calamity, that He is complete control, even though man may feel helpless because ”the Lord sitteth King forever”.  

Therefore “the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

So it is today, throughout this international storm of sickness, death and economic upheaval that has come upon the world as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic; God’ voice is heard, He is in control sitteth as the eternal King and He will bless His people with peace.

“I’ve seen the lightning flashing,
And heard the thunder roll,
I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing,
Trying to conquer my soul;
I’ve heard the voice of my Savior,
Telling me still to fight on,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

Refrain:
No, never alone,
No, never alone;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

The world’s fierce winds are blowing,
Temptation’s sharp and keen,
I have a peace in knowing
My Savior stands between—
He stands to shield me from danger,
When earthly friends are gone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

Refrain:
No, never alone,
No, never alone;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

When in affliction’s valley
I’m treading the road of care,
My Savior helps me to carry
My cross when heavy to bear,
Though all around me is darkness,
Earthly joys all flown;
My Savior whispers His promise,
“I never will leave thee alone.”

Refrain:
No, never alone,
No, never alone;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

He died for me on the mountain,
For me they pierced His side,
For me He opened the fountain,
The crimson, cleansing tide;
For me He’s waiting in glory,
Seated upon His throne,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

Refrain:
No, never alone,
No, never alone;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.”

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