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Dave Peterson
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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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!
—Psalm 29:10-11, ESV

I preached once at the Chapel by the Lake in Auke Bay, Alaska. The sanctuary looks out to where the massive Mendenhall Glacier meets the frigid waters of the lake. Unfortunately, I spoke with my back to the view. At one point I couldn't help but notice that every eye in the congregation was drifting back and forth like people watching a tennis match in slow motion. I turned and there he was—a magnificent bald eagle just slowly gliding back and forth between the window and the glacier. At that moment my words were unnecessary because God was clearly passing by.

As C. S. Lewis once observed, "We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito."

Keep this in mind when reading Psalm 29. King David wrote this Psalm as a kind of call to worship. But instead of using trumpets, strings, and choirs, David used a massive thunderstorm that stretched from the lush mountains to the north in Lebanon, all the way to the arid wilderness valley of Kadesh in the south. God's thunderous voice shakes the mountains and shatters massive cedar trees. His lightning lights up the world, and all in the temple cry, "GLORY!"

In case you've ever wondered about the extravagant expense devoted to the construction of some church sanctuaries, remember Psalm 29. The objective is to build a worship space that somehow reflects the beauty and glory of the wider world so that those who worship are moved to cry, "GLORY!"

Dave Peterson is an ordained pastor who is the Director of Community Outreach for The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and Scholarly Advisor for the H. E. Butt Family Foundation. He is the author of Receiving and Giving: Unleashing the Bless Challenge in Your Life. His article is adapted with permission from the original article "God Is Hidden Everywhere" at All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures quoted are taken from the New Living Translation.

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