David opens this psalm with a command to give God glory, for He is due glory from His people. The Lord’s voice rules the waters, it is powerful and full of majesty. His voice breaks the cedars of Lebanon, making them skip like a calf. He also speaks and Lebanon and Sirion move like a young ox. His voice even divides the flames of fire. Further, His voice shakes the wilderness, causes the deer to give birth, strips the forests bare, and everyone in the temple responds with “Glory!”
The final few verses cap off this description of God’s power and might, as David writes:
“10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the LORD sits as King forever.
11 The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.”
This is a reference to the Noahic flood, which destroyed all evil people and all life on earth except those who were in the ark. Even though the flood is seen as a devastating and deadly event, it is encouraging to note that even the flood was under the control of God Almighty. The earlier verses refer to God’s rule over people, nature, animals, and, here, even “natural” disasters! Whatever we face in this life, we can look to the Lord, who has dominion and power over all things. If it seems too big for you, it is not too big for God. If you seem to be facing something that is overwhelming, seek the face of the Lord, repent if needed, and trust in the Lord over the Flood!