January 7, 2014

The Voice of the Lord

By Upper Room Books

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Read Psalm 29

The book of Psalms is the prayer book of the Bible, and today’s psalm is noted as a hymn of David. Some Bible versions refer to this psalm as The Voice of God in a Great Storm, for it calls us to remember that Yahweh is Lord of all—and Yahweh speaks!

In verses 3-9, all the verses but two begin with the words “The voice of the Lord.” This God of glory and power now manifests in acts of strength. The voice of the Lord is heard in thunder and flames of fire. This voice controls the waters and “strips the forest bare.” The voice of the Lord is heard and seen in all creation. Watch! Listen!

On the night of Jesus’ birth, the heavens broke open and angel-song from throngs of the heavenly host rang forth on earth, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom [God] favors” (Luke 2:14). It is to this magnitude of praising and glorifying God that David, the sweet singer of psalms, called the people of God then and calls us now.

Glory and praise are due the Lord, and we worship the Lord in the splendor of the Lord’s holiness, not in the reflected shards of glory we call our own.

We worship a God who is Lord of the storms, and, therefore, Lord of life. This God exercises power over life’s turbulent aspects. This strong and blessed God offers the attributes of strength and blessing to the people. Our response is, “Glory!”

Our lives offer daily opportunities to give praise and glory to God. Three choices lie before us: (1) ignore the opportunity, (2) take the praise and glory for ourselves, or (3) offer the praise and glory to
God with open hands and grateful heart. How will you choose?

Thine, Lord, is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Mary A. Avram is a retired spiritual director, School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; a spiritual guide; a graduate of The Academy for Spiritual Formation and the Three-Year Covenant Community; and an elder, St. Simons Island Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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