3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
I am a city girl through and through, having grown up in the midst of tall concrete buildings and more electricity poles than trees. Never having spent much time in the great outdoors, it was an especially thrilling experience when, on a trip to South Africa, I got to enjoy nature on display. There, I watched flashes of lightning crack through the night skies, falling asleep even with the roar of thunder; during the day I enjoyed long drives with occasional sightings of zebra or other animal too quick for my eye to fully capture.
Reading today’s verses bring me back to those brief times I got to spend in nature during my travels to different places. David, who wrote these verses today likens God’s voice with natural forces such as the water, thunderstorm, and fire. His voice is so mighty that it can break the strong cedar tree, and cause the earth to quake. Being a city slicker, I was not someone who associated God’s creative power and majesty with nature. Thankfully, God’s voice still manages to reach me: convincing me of His divinity, convicting me with His love, confirming me as His child, affirming me as His beloved. That’s the power of God’s voice. May we never fail to recognize His voice and be in awe of The One who created all things.
Thoughts for the day
- Have you “heard” the voice of God? How would you describe God’s voice? Like thunder? Or a whisper?
- What do you think God wants to tell you?
- What do you think you can “do” in order to hear God’s voice?
Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name. Amen.