Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Baptism of Our Lord Year A - Psalm 29

You might want to “ascribe to the Lord” from a distance when the Lord’s voice breaks cedars and makes oaks whirl while the wilderness shakes and the land of Lebanon skips like a calf. It does seem odd that after a good number of verses detailing natural disasters brought about by the Lord’s loud voice the same Lord is asked to bless the people with peace. On the other hand I’ve been known to head outside to experience a Texas size thunderstorm for the sheer thrill of it. But maybe the psalmist doesn’t head for the storm shelter because the Lord is the one who makes the sky light up like the fourth of July while the wind whips up a “Somewhere over the Rainbow” tornado and being familiar with the source of the storm makes the fearsome display of natural firepower less frightening. Or it could just be poetry, like Earth and All Stars (ELW 731) and the psalmist was just taking literary liberty with some lovely language about the Lord’s voice making the Weather Channel’s top ten list.

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