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Author Jake King is currently the preaching minister
at church in Seneca, Missouri.
The recent floodwaters that have hit our area led me to think of a passage in the book of Psalms. Before I share this passage with you, you should know that different translations of the Bible use slightly different wording in this passage.
The passage is Psalm 29:10. In the King James Version, this passage reads, “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.” In the New King James Version, the passage says, “The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever.”
You’ll notice that they changed the first “sitteth” (which would be present tense) to the word “sat” (which would be past tense). Looking at other translations, we find that some are like the King James, and use a present tense word. For example, the NIV and ESV both say, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood,” and the CEB essentially says the same: “The Lord sits enthroned over the floodwaters…”
Other translations are like the New King James and use a past tense word. The NASB, for example, says, “The Lord sat as King at the flood…” The Living Bible, likewise, speaks in the past tense, saying, “At the Flood the Lord showed his control of all creation.”
If the past tense is correct, the verse may be talking about the flood of Noah’s time. The word used for “flood” in the verse may be helpful to note as well. Derek Kidner wrote, “The word for flood is significant, for it is found elsewhere only in Genesis 6-11, and only of Noah’s flood.”
But whether the verse is talking about Noah’s flood or floodwaters in general (including the ones recently in our area), the point remains the same that God is King. God is in control. And with Him, everything will be okay. As it says in the next verse, "The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace" (Psalm 29:11 NASB).
Consider some other verses in the book of Psalms. First, there is that verse in the 23rd psalm that says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 ESV).
Also, notice the first verses in the 46th psalm: “God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2 NCV). Later in that psalm, it says, “Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
No matter what may be happening around us—whether we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, whether earth is shaking or the mountains are falling into the sea, or whether the floodwaters are rising around us—we can be calm because we know that, with God, everything will be okay.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen to us. Bad things will happen to us—including death. But even then, with God, everything will be all right. As Paul said, “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 NKJV).
So we don’t have to be afraid. No matter what’s going on, God is King, and with Him, you’ll be okay.
Rounding out the series of lessons for our Golden Anniversary is our current associate preacher, Nathan Honeycutt. Nathan parsed the portion of Philippians 4:8 that addresses Whatever Is Commendable. Take the time to listen to the lesson here.
Preaching for one of the Lord's congregations in Oklahoma City, David Deffenbaugh aptly presented the fifth in our series about Philippians 4:8. Here, David preaches about a word that appears only once in the New Testament - Whatever Is Lovely. This is a must-listen.
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