1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 2 Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. 3 The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty. 5 Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.
Water has many symbolic meanings in scripture. To quote Alexander Pokhilko who wrote “The Meaning of Water in Christianity” published by OrthodoxyToday.com he stated: “Apart from the importance of water for life and purification, the Christian scriptural idea of water preserves a certain symbolism reflected in the liturgical tradition. Water transmits a number of symbols: destruction; death and burial; life; purification; cleansing; healing; blessing; sanctification; baptism including remission of sins, illumination, regeneration, new birth; the presence of the Holy Spirit; redemption; salvation. These rely upon a "rational" theological perception of mysteries hidden in water according to which the omnipresent God initiates any sacramental activity therein. From this perspective water appears to be a unique earthly element capable of immediate contact with God. Taken together these give us the meaning of water in Christianity.” With this in mind it is difficult to say what the seas, water and waves stand for in this psalm.
My sense is the seas represent mankind and all the turbulence and contention instigated against God and His reign. The psalmist points out in verse 2 that His throne, i.e., His rule, was long ago established. In fact it was established before the creation of the earth. There is no doubt that the Lord is in control and has fully established the world as unshakable.
We can rest in that knowledge when we hear and see all the roaring and tumult on the news. Verse 4 says the Lord is mightier than the thunder of the breakers of the sea. What a reassurance of God’s presence and might! We need to keep our eyes focused on Him in the midst of whatever is going on in our life. Our roaring sea may not be in the Middle East at the moment but it may be an issue of health within the family or costly mistakes that are deeply affecting you and your love ones. Allow our circumstances to press us into the One who has been established from all eternity.
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I look to You in all Your majesty. I pray for Your might to come right into the midst of my situation. I thank You that You are in control and I trust You to work all things together for good. Amen”