The Voice of the Lord
Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord
bursts forth in lightning flashes.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
O Lord, give strength to your people;
give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace. ~ Psalm 29
Are you suspicious when someone says God "spoke" to them - or continues to speak to them?
I'll admit, that I almost always am.
I think my suspicion is more about what it is that they think God tells them rather than whether it is possible for God to actually have a conversation with someone.
For instance, is God telling this person to hate someone?
To kill someone?
Is God telling this person that they are more deserving of wealth or power than others are?
When I read the poetry of this beautiful Psalm, God's voice doesn't sound anything like that.
God's voice sounds splendid. Majestic. Beautiful.
And we know from other texts, that God's voice is one that calls us into right relationship - not one that calls us to hate.
How does God's voice sound to you?
Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening. Amen