“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 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 breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. 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 deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’” Psalm 29:1-9
The LORD’s voice can be imagined almost as a being here, powerful, effectual. It is anthropomorphized in this psalm, booming thunderous noise in the wild, causing destruction and birth, flashing fire. No man’s voice has such ability to create, move, transform, issue life… yet this is our God of gods. We not only hear His voice, but see the effects of it, like we see wind.
There are a myriad of voices we can choose to listen to at any time. Round the clock we can access entertainment, all types of media, and each has an effect on the way we think and perceive the world. Some people are louder than others, more persuasive. Some voices seem to hold greater strength of influence in our culture, backed in ‘substance’ only by public popularity, alluring speech, academic credentials, or enchanting looks.
But God’s voice is different than all these. It is distinct, unique. His voice that went out over the waters created all things with value and purpose. The voice of the Lord sings over His people in joyful love. His Word that was in the beginning is alive in the person of Jesus, and today works actively in the hearts of individuals. Who would knowingly, willfully reject this voice that has power for our lives? (Genesis 1:3-30; Zephaniah 3:17; John 1:1-4; Hebrews 4:12)
To what noise do I regularly tune my ears? To whose voice do I prefer to listen? Do my own ideas, music, audio books, pod cast teachings, news, current events, sports, fill up the majority of my ‘un-quiet?’ Or do I value, and intentionally tune in to, the powerful voice of God Almighty, to hear what He has to say, to learn of His ways, glean His wisdom, know His insights, receive His encouragement and guidance? Do I seek it? Recognize it? Take time and attention to listen to it? Marvel at it?
What need I change in order to listen, really listen well, to the powerful voice of the Lord? Imagine the difference His life-forming, change-effecting, wholly transforming voice could have in me, in my attitude, vision, ability, confidence, focus, fruitfulness, if it had its way.
Father, attune me to Your voice, and all it says and performs, that I might give You the glory due Your name.