“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
God’s voice is loud and universally projected, but it takes intention and a trained ear to recognize. We can grow numb or ambivalent to its tenor, or dismiss it as background noise- soothing and consistent but not intended for us personally. Often, even subconsciously, we let the world distort or drown it out altogether. Just as in this Psalm it is sandwiched between the call to ascribe His worth and glory, so keeping it central by hearing and beholding its effects will ground our worship, perspective, and attitude. (Psalm 19:1-3)
Ascribe: To regard as arising from a specified cause or source; attribute; to regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent
Regarding, acknowledging, and praising God’s glory and strength, His splendor and holiness, is a beckon of the heart. In doing so, we attribute His perfections as arising from Him, belonging to and identifying Him, and produced by Him. When we behold creation and watch His activity in history, we hear with new sense and in added dimension the attributes we exalt.
There are a number of choices for our listening pleasure: in our homes, our vehicles, plugged directly into our ears. We determine what we hear by making choices what to turn on, play, and watch. What if we were to begin each day ascribing to God His due glory, then asking for ears attuned to His voice? What if we inquired of Him in earnest prayer, and waited, listening for His conviction, His answers, by His Spirit, through His living word? (Hebrews 4:12)
What can we turn down in order to increase the volume of God’s voice? Our stubborn opinions? Prejudices? Tightly held plans? Our way of doing things? Resentment or unwillingness to forgive? Whether it be a sinful mindset or a good-thing-become-idol, we can consciously or unconsciously block our ears to the life-changing, instructive, inspiring voice of the Lord. (2 Timothy 3:16)
If we turned up the volume, would we hear His voice loud enough to thunder over the lesser voices that tease and pester with doubt and dismay? Would we hear His promises as powerful enough to overcome our weaknesses, dispel our fears, and uproot our bitterness? Would we hear His truth as majestic and supreme, and strong enough to break our bondage to sin habits and self-pampering and hopelessness? Would His voice light our way in confusion, shake us from the wilderness of spiritual lethargy and complacency, and bring new vitality in our relationships and work? (Psalm 119:105)
Father, may Your voice resound above all others. May it have its majestic way, in power and glory, so my every thought and movement is at its holy bidding.