It has been suggested that David wrote this psalm during a mighty thunderstorm to describe what he knew to be the power and strength of God.
I experienced a bad storm last summer. The sky turned black, the wind blew sideways and the rain came down in buckets. I was in a mall parking lot, huddled with others under the awning of a storefront. When the storm passed I was soaked!
I’m not sure why I chose to remain outside. I could have gone into any of the nearby stores. I think that I just wanted to feel the storm’s power.
Life is like that. When difficult times come, some people remain outside and get banged about while others seek shelter. We learn much about ourselves at these times. There is no right or wrong place to be, but it is good to remember that we have options. Supportive friends, counseling and prayer can offer us shelter in stormy times.
I like the image that God’s voice can be heard over the thunder and the mighty waters. God is there for us regardless of what is happening in our lives.
Loving God, comfort us with your presence, especially when we are caught in life's storms. Amen. — BLF