In the midst of the storm

Nov 14, 2023 | READ, Soundcloud Prayers

With wild winds and deluging rains in the headlines, together with thundering explosions and lightning bolt missiles in Gaza and Ukraine, I turned to the Word of God to mediate and pray with the verses I found on the theme of storms. May they help you pray also.

O Lord, a furious storm has come upon us
that is threatening to sink and destroy everything;
but You are watching closely and Your eye is on us all.

You planted us in peace but now Your anger is aroused by all the evil things that we have done,
the times we have burned incense to false gods, and rejoiced in acts of wickedness –
and You have decreed disaster.
It is our ways and deeds that have brought this storm down on our heads
and how bitter it is to be deprived now of so much that we had taken for granted.

Though You are slow to wrath, You will not leave the guilty entirely unpunished;
You are great in power, and Your way is in the whirlwind and the storm.
And now, as Your storm bursts upon us
and a whirlwind strikes both righteous and unrighteous alike,
You brush aside all appeals to ease the strain:
You will not turn back until You fully accomplish the purposes of Your heart.
For You have filled Your hands with lightning
and commanded it to strike its mark.

When we call to You, You do not answer;
when we look for You, we cannot find You.
When You pass by, we cannot see You;
when You go by, we cannot perceive You.
If You snatch away, who can stop You?
Who can say to You, ‘What are you doing?’
How then can we dispute with You?
How find words to make You stay Your hand?

Turn again and have mercy on us, Lord.
Put away our iniquities, and cast our sins into the bottom of the sea.
Keep this mighty storm that is rising from the ends of the earth
from spreading disaster from one nation to another.

You who have shaken the Earth and made the nations tremble,
come and deliver Your people.
Save Your anointed ones from those who are scattering and destroying us:
from those who gloat as they seek to devour those who are in hiding.
Trample the sea with Your horses –
but in Your wrath, remember mercy.

For how can we survive if we turn away from You,
the One who warns from heaven, and whose voice is shaking the earth?

The breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall,
and like the heat of the desert.
Silence its uproar, O God, and bring to nought its power,
just as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud.

Rebuke the wind and the raging waters,
and cause this storm to subside.
Give us the grace and endurance we need to wait patiently,
for the day of calamity will come on those assailing us.

Yet even in the storm, we will rejoice in You,
and be joyful in God our Saviour.

Come into our midst, Sovereign LORD:
sound Your trumpet and march out in the midst of the tempest.
Let your arrows flash like lightning,
and save Your people as a shepherd saves His flock,

Let strong peoples honour You;
and cities of ruthless nations revere You.
For You are a refuge for the poor and needy in their times of greatest distress:
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

You shake the earth and the heavens so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
When the storm has swept by,
and the waves of the sea are hushed, and it grows calm again,
the wicked will be gone,
but the righteous will stand firm forever –
and we will be grateful as You guide us to the longed-for haven.

We are not coming to a mountain that cannot be touched and burning with fire.
We do not come to darkness, gloom and storm.
No!
We are coming to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.
We are coming to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.

We are coming to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant,
and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Over all of Mount Zion and those who assemble there
You create a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night.
Let Your glory be as a canopy over everything:
a shade and shelter from the heat of the day,
and a refuge and hiding place from the storm.

Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful and worship You, Lord God,
with reverence and awe.

Scripture references:
Job 9:11-18, 36:32-33; Ps. 83:15, 107:28-30; Pr. 1:28, 10:25; Is. 4:5-6, 25:3-5; Jer. 4:18, 5:25, 11:17,15; 23:19-20, 25:32; Jonah 1:12; Mic. 7:19; Nah.1:3; Hab. 3:1, 6,13-16, 18; Zec. 9:1; Matt. 8:24, Lk. 8:24; Heb. 12:18-29

 

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