The voice of the LORD is a glorious thing!  Psalm 29 is a psalm comparing God’s voice to the lightning and thunder.  In Psalm 29 verse 3 we read,

The voice of the LORD is over many waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The LORD is over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The voice of the LORD, pictured here as thunder over a watery sea, is a powerful thing indeed!  Consider that it was the voice of the LORD that created the earth in the first place.  In Genesis, we read of God’s words being spoken over waters.

Genesis 1:2-3.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

What a wonderful thing, that God could speak over the waters and bring light itself into being!  And this was just the beginning of all the wonderful things He brought into existence with His voice in creation.  Consider some of the other things He spoke into existence in Genesis:

Genesis 1:9.  “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.
Genesis 1:14.  “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens.
Genesis 1:20.  “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures.
Genesis 1:24.  “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind.

Yes, the voice of the LORD is powerful, able to create the very world that we live in!

Let’s continue in Psalm 29.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,
Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The lightning and thunder can indeed break the trees, and most of us have seen them do so.  Yet so also can the voice of the LORD!  The cedars, the most honored of trees, are often symbolic for the most honored of people.  This passage makes me think of how the Lord Jesus time and again brought to nothing the counsels of the religious leaders simply by using His words.  In John 7 we read of such an event.  In 7:32 we read,

The Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.

Yet these officers returned to them empty-handed, and when the Pharisees asked them, “Why have you not brought Him?” they replied, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”  (verses 45-46).  They were unable to arrest Him, simply because of His voice!

Let us continue with Psalm 29.

The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness just as the lightning can shake the ground.  The voice of the LORD will someday shake the world in a way it never has before when He speaks and brings in His Kingdom.  Psalm 2 was written at a time when the nations will be rebelling from God’s government.  The Lord answers their revolt by speaking of the decree that went out from God to begin the Kingdom by declaring that Jesus Christ reigns.

I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me
“You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

What a day that will be!  When the voice of the LORD speaks these words, the world will shake indeed.

Let us finish the comparison of the LORD’s voice with thunder in Psalm 29.

The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

The voice of the LORD causes His people to praise Him.  And we can indeed praise Him for the wonderful salvation and life He will bring to us.  Consider that it is His voice that will usher us into the life to come!  For the LORD says in John 5:28-29 we read,

The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth.

Yes, it is His voice that brings about resurrection, and it is only His voice that could call the very dead back to life!

The LORD’s voice is an amazing thing indeed.  It spoke the creation into existence.  It confounded His enemies.  It will bring the world to its knees when He brings in His Kingdom.  And it is the sound that calls people back to life in the resurrection!

As we gather here this morning, we may not hear the voice of God speaking audibly to us.  And yet here before us we have the Scriptures, the very words of God written down for our understanding.  Let us carefully consider those words as they are brought before us this morning, for they are the very voice of God to us, and they, like all God’s words, have great power, even the power to change our lives.

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