Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Psalm 29 God's Shouts and Whispers

KEY TEXT: Ps 29:3-4 The Lord's shout is heard over the water; the majestic God thunders, the Lord appears over the surging water. The Lord's shout is powerful, the Lord's shout is majestic. (NET)

KEY THOT: The psalmist David exhorts us to ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, the glory due to his name and to worship Him in the splendor of his holiness. But how do we do it? When we see the power of natural forces—in the thunders of roaring waters, in the winds that break giant cedar trees, and in the shaking of earthquakes. When we see the power and might of natural forces displayed, remember to discern God's voice in these powerful and majestic displays and give glory to God: "The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (v.24). 

When we witness or experience the destructive powers of floods, fires, storms, earthquakes and tsunami, pause and ask, “O God, what are You saying in these natural disasters?” NET translates Psalm 29:3-9 thus: “The Lord's shout is heard over the water…The Lord's shout is powerful, the Lord's shout is majestic…The Lord's shout strikes with flaming fire. The Lord's shout shakes the wilderness…The Lord's shout bends the large trees and strips the leaves from the forests.”

Perhaps, God has to shout to cause the world to turn from their sins, for it has been ignoring for too long His preferred manner of communication through the still small voice of His Spirit. C. S. Lewis once wrote that “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

But God doesn't shout at his servants; he whispers to them:
  • 1 Kings 19:11-13 And he said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.   And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 
Father, may You not have to shout at us through painful experiences. May we be sensitive to the still small voice of Your Spirit always. Amen.

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