Book 1 – Psalm 29 of 41: The voice of the LORD

Compared to the ramifications of the LORD’s silence in Psalm 28, we see the power of God’s voice in chapter 29.  The glory is due to His Name, Jesus Christ – His voice is over the waters (v.3), His voice is powerful and full of majesty (v.4), His voice breaks the cedars of Lebanon (v.5; c.f. Isaiah 2:13, 14:8, 37:24 – indicative of being prideful, lofty and lifted up), His voice flashes forth flames of fire, shaking the wilderness of Kadesh (v.7-8; c.f. Numbers 27:14, 33:36 – wilderness of Zin, that is Kadesh – shaking at the unholiness of man’s quarrel), His voice giving birth to the deer, stripping the forests bare (v.9).  This is the true power of His voice.  Indeed – “if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die” (Deuteronomy 5:25); yet, “like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 8:20).  Believe and obey His voice (Deuteronomy 9:23, 13:18; 1 Samuel 15:20-22; 1 Samuel 28:18; 1 Kings 20:36; 2 Kings 18:12; Isaiah 6:8) – obey the Lord at all times, waiting for His voice to go before Israel.

So the LORD sits enthroned over the flood, over judgment, blessings and giving strength to his people (v.11), to His church.  This is the creative voice, the sound of the LORD, the voice which we obey; the voice which we believe.  Instead of being dragged into the pit by the LORD’s silence, His voice lifts us up, gives us strength, destroys all pride and quarrel.  If this is but only His voice, what of His Word?  In the Word is life, and the life was the light of men, the light shining in the darkness and darkness has not overcome it (John 1:4-5).  Let us then go and seek His voice, seek His words, seek His Eternal Word and be filled with such life and ascend to Him before His throne!

Book 1 – Psalm 29 of 41: The voice of the LORD

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