Jesus Waits for Us to Hear His Voice
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
-Psalm 29:4, emphasis added
In Psalm 29 we hear His voice in the earth, and it is calling us to worship Him! In that psalm, the Lord reveals five elements of His eternal greatness that we are to reverence as we hear Him.
Hear the powerful and majestic voice of the Lord:
1. Through thunder God is declaring His ownership: O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:1-2). We cannot make the sky thunder; neither can we make it stop thundering. God owns and controls the physical universe.
2. Through thunder God is declaring His majesty: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters (Psalm 29:3). I can easily envision David high on a hillside overlooking one of those massive storms that blows in from the Mediterranean Sea. As the anvil-shaped thundercloud begins to rise, he knows he has to comfort his sheep, and get them safely into the fold before they become frightened and scatter. As he is out there with nowhere else to go, he soon hears the rumble in the distance come ever closer, and watches the frequent bolts of lightning. And then David listens in awe as the voice of the Lord thunders again and again-and he worships! If thunder is just the power of God's voice, imagine what kind of total power He has! One might even say that thunder is only the Lord "clearing His throat"!
3. Through thunder, God is declaring His power: The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire (Psalm 29:5-7). What manner of God is He that at the very sound of His voice the earth rumbles and shakes and quakes and burns before Him?
4. Through thunder God is declaring His worship: The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, "Glory!" (Psalm 29:8-9).
Make a choice to live in hope:As we approach the end of days, I encourage you to find hope as you listen to the awesome voice of Christ, your Creator and Redeemer! Remember that the sound of the Lord as He shakes the earth is a call to reverence Him! So wholeheartedly join David in praise and worship as he says:
I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever.. . . Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. . . . All Your works shall praise You, O Lord. . . . They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power. . . . Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
-Psalm 145:1, 3, 10-11, 13
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