10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the LORD sits as King forever.
I think the powerful imagery contained in these verses is sometimes lost on us modern westerners. In the culture within which this psalm was written oceans, seas, waters, and floods all represented something very significant. In the Mediterranean region of the world, the sea was seen as a source of evil. Even in the Bible you see sea monsters like Leviathan and Rahab. God’s power and authority are expressed in terms of God ruling over the waters.
Perhaps seeing the sea as the place evil comes from was residual within the culture because of the flood, or from actual sea monsters they had to contend with, or both. Irregardless, the sea is seen as a source of evil in the Old Testament. In Daniel 7 the four beasts arise out of the sea. Perhaps this is why Revelation says that in the new heavens and earth there will be no more sea. This could be a metaphorical statement regarding the final defeat of evil more than a literal prediction that we won’t be able to go to the beach.
My point is that the voice of the Lord is over the waters. Whatever evil you are facing; whatever opposition you are encountering from the enemy of your soul; whatever spiritual battle you find yourself in today – I want to tell you that the voice of the Lord is over the waters. The voice of the Lord exercises power and authority over all evil and over every source of evil.
This is why hearing God is so important. Spiritual warfare is primarily an exercise in choosing which voice you will listen to (www.bobhamp.com). Victory comes from choosing to hear the Lord’s voice. His voice is over the waters.