Sermon preached on 2021-01-10 by Rev. Sarah Harrison-McQueen. Worship series, "God is Holding Your Life." Sermon, "Awe and Wonder.” Scripture, Psalm 29.
Strength and peace is the prayer of the Psalm this week. The Psalmist says “let me count the ways” that we can know the strength of the Holy One. With awe and wonder we behold the presence of God in all the elements of creation–water, fire, air, earth. And it is this glory that assures us that God, indeed, is holding our lives.
Lukan Psalter translation
Give glory to ADONAI, you heavenly court,
give ADONAI glory and strength!
Give forth the glory that God’s Name deserves,
and worship ADONAI in the splendor of holiness!
The voice of ADONAI resounds
over the waters;
the God of glory thunders over the
God’s voice is powerful,
God’s voice is full of majesty.
The voice of ADONAI snaps the cedars,
shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
It makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of ADONAI strikes with
bolts of lightning;
the voice of YHWH shakes the wilderness,
the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of God twists the oaks,
and strips the forests bare;
and in God’s Temple all cry, “Glory!”
ADONAI sits in judgment over the flood;
ADONAI is its Ruler forever.
Give strength to your people, ADONAI!
Bless your people with peace!