Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Voice of God Toward Me

(repost from Nov. 13, 2011)
Today’s Bible Reading:  Numbers 17-18, Psalm 29, Mark 4
Topic: God’s Power and Love

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 29
1 Give unto the Lord , O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord  glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord  the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord  in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord  is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord  is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord  is powerful; The voice of the Lord  is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord  breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord  splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord  divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord  shakes the wilderness; The Lord  shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord  makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!"
10 The Lord  sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord  sits as King forever.
11 The Lord  will give strength to His people; The Lord  will bless His people with peace.  (Psalm 29 NKJV)


The 29th Psalm is another psalm of David. One clear observation is David’s redundant use of the phrase, The voice of the Lord.” What is interesting to note is that each mention of the Lord’s voice is a demonstration of action and power by the Lord. The expression here is the recognition that when God speaks powerful things happen. When God gives voice to something it is an expression of His will, and His will is more powerful and overcomes any other force period! Just as in the beginning when God spoke, creation happened. Genesis 1 repeatedly states, “And God said… And it was so.”

David poetically states, “God is all powerful and all authoritative (v. 4). His power can reduce the mighty cedars to mere splinters (v. 5). His power can cause the earth to quake (v. 8). He can quench the fiery eruptions right from the midst of them (v. 7). His power brings life (v. 9). And His power is eternal (v. 10). By His voice—His will—His power—He can bring peace to his own children at any time and in the midst of any situation (v. 11).


This psalm is a wonderful expression of how much we should be able to trust the Lord through anything. No matter what other powerful forces may seem to come against us, He can give us strength and bring us peace right in the midst of it (v. 11). And we can join with David in giving Him glory and worship (vv. 1-2). 


Almighty God, I worship You. You are so mighty and I am so small; yet Your love for me offers Your blessing and peace to me even in the midst of raging forces that shake my world and would utterly destroy me if not for Your voice of favor and protection over me. May I ever be worthy of Your voice speaking in my favor.

Through Jesus Christ and for Your glory. Amen.  -AP  

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