The Voice

Posted: September 24, 2014 in psalms

There are voices that annoy us, and there are voices that are sweet to the ears. The voices of friends and peers will not irritate us no matter how long we have been talking but the voice of a tormentor would simply be terrifying enough that even if that person is not even talking, we can be anxious.

The psalmist described the voice of the Lord and see how fearful it was. He was sensitive enough to listen through nature. (Psalm 29)

The voice of the Lord is over the waters (v3)…

God is in control over nature. Going through the Bible, we would read of Jesus making the wind and the waves obey him. We would see God sending the flood in the time of Noah. We would be able to see that nature is in His control.

The voice of the Lord is powerful (v4)…

Indeed, with His voice, He called the earth into existence. With his voice, the whole universe came forth. With His voice, creation existed.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars (v5)…

Cedar wood is used for building and for ships. It is an important timber in the ancient times and still is being used today. It can withstand roughness but God can break it with his voice. The power of God’s voice is strong enough to break. He has the power to set us free from whatever binds us.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire (v7)…

I remember the stories in the wilderness in the time of Exodus. The pillar of fire kept the Israelites warm at night, and kept their enemies at bay. The writer of Hebrews talks of God as a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). God’s holiness is being discussed when we talk of a consuming fire because He burns up anything that is unholy.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness (v8)…
The voice of the Lord makes the deer gives birth and strips the forests bare (v9)…

As I read through this psalm, I am reminded of God being all-powerful (or in Theology, omnipotence). We’re talking of the Lord’s voice here and it makes me come to a point of being awestruck. If God can do so much with just his voice, then I can come to him with my concerns, my problems, because he is powerful enough to handle any situation but at the same time, I need to come in reverence, because of his holiness.

At the end of the day, we know that God still speaks through nature, through his power in a storm, in a flood, in a fire. The question is, are we sensitive enough to hear that it is God who is talking.


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