The recent storms that ravaged our southern states have left damaged buildings and shattered lives. Our sister school in Mississippi, William Cary, was heavily damaged in the storms that swept through Mississippi this past weekend. David writes in Psalm 29 about the powerful storms that, even in biblical times, brought devastation. Storms and devastation in our lives is not new and I draw comfort from the last verse in Psalm 29. It reads, “GOD makes his people strong. God gives his people peace”.
I think of many of our students who manage to juggle so much just to further their education. Juggling school, family, church, and work is no easy task. One sick child or unexpected repair bill can bring devastation and shatter that delicate balance our students try to maintain. How do they do it? I can only see one way and that is through total dependence of our Lord and Savior.
Take heart! God is still on the throne and cares about every detail of your life. Don’t give up your educational goals when that storm of life brings devastation. Through our weakness, we are made strong in Christ.
I love to read from “The Message”. Here is the full transcript of Psalm 29:
Psalm 29The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention!
Dress your best to honor him!
3 God thunders across the waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness—
God, across the flood waters.
4 God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s thunder symphonic.
5 God’s thunder smashes cedars,
God topples the northern cedars.
6 The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.
7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.
9 God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”
10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
from which his power flows,
from which he rules the world.
11 God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.
The Message (MSG)
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