5/12/19 - The Voice of God
“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.” (Psalms 29:11)
In the beautiful 29th Psalm, David was inspired to write a psalm of worship to God. We observe His greatness, His power, and His care toward us in the created world around us. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We thank God for His blessings and ascribe (acknowledge) in worship His strength and the glory due to His name (Psalms 29:1,2).
The psalmist continues to sing about the “voice of the Lord,” ascribing to it the characteristics of the Awesome Living God. The Lord’s voice is so mighty that it: • Thunders over many waters • Is powerful • Full of majesty • Breaks and splinters the cedars of Lebanon • Makes them skip like a calf or a young wild ox • Divides the flames of fire • Shakes the wilderness • Makes the deer give birth • Strips the forests bare
In the beginning God spoke and worlds were made at His word. His voice has spoken through the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and through Jesus to reveal His will for us. His voice thunders His majesty, projects His authority, and shouts His warning against any who refuse to honor Him. The voice of the Lord does not fail.
The writer brings in an interlude containing a reminder of the righteous goodness and severity of God that was demonstrated when He flooded the earth with water. He washed away wicked humanity and saved the world anew through eight precious souls to restore the world anew. His sits upon His throne in Heaven today, and will reign as King forever.
The psalm ends with the hope that God brings to those who worship Him, trust Him, obey Him, and follow Him as His people. If we are faithful to the Lord, He will grant us the strength that we need to pull us through our times of trial, strength to overcome our temptations, and strength to be faithful to the very end. Finally, He will grant us peace. With such a mighty God sustaining us, we have no need for fear in our lives. Even the fear of death is swallowed up because of our hope in the resurrection. Ascribe unto the Lord His glory and live with His strength and the blessing of peace.