You, divine beings! Give to the Lord—
give to the Lord glory and power!
Give to the Lord the glory due his name!
Bow down to the Lord in holy splendor!
The Lord’s voice is over the waters;
the glorious God thunders;
the Lord is over the mighty waters.
The Lord’s voice is strong;
the Lord’s voice is majestic.
The Lord’s voice breaks cedar trees—
yes, the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon jump around like a young bull,
makes Sirion jump around like a young wild ox.
The Lord’s voice unleashes fiery flames;
the Lord’s voice shakes the wilderness—
yes, the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The Lord’s voice convulses the oaks,
strips the forests bare,
but in his temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the floodwaters;
the Lord sits enthroned—king forever!
Let the Lord give strength to his people!
Let the Lord bless his people with peace!
Questions to Ponder:
How have you experienced the voice of God in your own life? When has a feeling or knowing been so strong in you that you knew it wasn’t your own “self talk,” but from a greater and deeper source of wisdom? When you read this accounting of God’s voice as “strong” and “majestic” — something that “breaks cedar trees,” “unleashes fiery flames,” and “strips the forest bare,” do you wonder why it’s sometimes so hard to hear?
Prayer for Today:
Gracious and loving God, thank you for all the ways in which you speak to me. Please help me to always hear your voice above all others — whether it comes into my awareness as a faint whisper or a thunderous roar. Show me how to tune my heart and mind to your voice in order to find Your strength and peace in each and every day. Amen.