The Voice of the Lord
"The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty."
- Psalm 29:3-5
David authored Psalm 29 and called the listener to recognize God's almighty power. Anyone who has lived through a hurricane or massive storm understands the power within the storm. To understand the mighty power of God, David conjured up that image of a storm - the waters thrashing and rising while the thunder is cracking. Just a word of the Lord carries such power, such majesty. David longed for his audience to recognize this awesome power of the Lord and to honor him with the worship and adoration that he was due.
Storms call us to take refuge. They are worthy of fear as they can create incredible destruction. Just two weeks after my family moved to Houston, we experienced Hurricane Harvey. What destruction Harvey did all throughout Houston! For the next several months, we focused on flood relief. Beautiful, well-built homes were destroyed. Driving through Houston felt like a war zone. The helicopters that circled overhead for weeks reinforced that sense. Even in what felt like the most secure homes, the storm wreaked havoc for the people in Houston and well beyond.
If a physical storm that can affect us temporally is something to fear, how much more should God be feared? This God is not just over the temporal aspects of our lives but also the eternal aspects. He alone has the power to condemn us to an eternity in hell or to forgive us through his Son so that we may enjoy an eternity with him.
The voice of the Lord is powerful. It speaks life and death, temporal and eternal. May we bow our knees in awe, wonder, and adoration today. Reflection:
Do you have a view of God that creates this sense of awe and wonder?