The Voice of the LORD
A Davidic psalm.
1 Give the LORD— you heavenly beings —
give the LORD glory and strength.
2 Give the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD
in the splendor of [His] holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is above the waters.
The God of glory thunders—
the LORD, above vast waters,
4 the voice of the LORD in power,
the voice of the LORD in splendor.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion, like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD flashes 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 woodlands bare.
In His temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sat enthroned at the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned, King forever.
11 The LORD gives His people strength;
the LORD blesses His people with peace.
I wanted to talk about part of this Psalm, but I kept reading it and I really liked all of it. I woke up this morning and heard rain out my window. Its a rainy day. We always consider a rainy day ‘yuck’. We ladies fix our hair, put on makeup, wear our heels, and then the humidity of a rainy day makes our hair frizzy, our makeup runs, and our heels get stuck in the mud. Some men wear suits to work, and they get all gross and wet, some men work out side and then just don’t work at all. Rain can ruin a day.
In verse 3, David says, “The God of glory thunders-“. I heard thunder this morning. It scared me as a child. It scares me a little bit now. This loud booming sound coming from above my head can be frightening. Our God, can be frightening.
I really loved verses 7 and 8. Our God’s voice flashes flames of fire, and shakes the wilderness. Oh my goodness, how true. His voice can be so booming, so clear, so infinate, so loud, so overwhelming, that we don’t know what to do.
My favorite part about all this is what God has just given me:
11Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the LORD’s presence.”
At that moment, the LORD passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard [it], he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Our God does have a booming voice. Our God doesn’t always use it. You can shout. You have that ability. You don’t always shout. You don’t always have to.
God can say something to you in His whisper, that has a booming, fire creating effect in you, just because of what He says.
For example, I got a text the other day from someone I don’t particularly love. It ws a ridiculous text. I thought, “Oh my gosh, if I get another text from this person-“And I was cut off. Then God whispers so sweetly to me, “This is what I commant you: Love one another,” (John 15:17). That shook my wilderness; my wilderness being my sins. He shook my sins so that I could see them so much more clearly. That boomed so loud. Later, I was around that person and they were much easier to be around, simple because I had asked God to help me be around them.
Just because He’s not shouting, doesn’t mean He’s not trying to shake your wilderness.