A Season of Psalms - Psalm 29: 3-4, 7-9
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty…The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the oaks to shake and strips the forest bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’”
English Standard Version (ESV)
A popular TV competition show today is “The Voice.” Competitors on the show compete to see who has the most professional voice and overall superior musical talent. The winner is usually granted a recording contract with a major record company. After the show is long over, we may not see their faces as we did during the live competition, but we’ll know them primarily by their voice.
We may not have seen His face, but we know Him by His voice. David gives a vivid word-picture of the power of the voice of the Lord. It thunders over the waters; it breaks strong trees; it shoots forth flames of fire that consume everything in its path; it shakes the desert places; it makes the deer give birth (or as some translations render it, the voice of the Lord “makes the oaks to shake”) and strips the forests bare. The voice of the Lord is powerful, to be feared and held in awe. If you recall the Israelites in Exodus 20, they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoking mountain and the blaring of trumpets, and they requested that Moses speak to God for the people. “Do not let God speak to us, lest we die” (Exodus 20:19).
The voice of the Lord is speaking today. His voice speaks to our hearts through the reading of His word, through fellowship with Him in prayer, through the community of believers, through His Son Jesus, through the indwelling Holy Spirit. He’s never stopped speaking, nor will He cease to speak. In fact, He’s speaking to you even now; are you listening? What is He saying? Let’s listen to His voice and see where He leads us!
Further Reading: Exodus 20:1-21; Isaiah 6:1-5
Pray with me:
Father, speak to my heart today. I want to hear Your voice leading and guiding me. Yours is the only voice that matters, the only voice I heed. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. In Jesus’ name, Amen.