Have you ever been in a trial and felt like you just couldn't hear His voice? Were you calling out to Him yet you felt so alone? Maybe you are dealing with a trial like that right now. Psalm 29 explains a few things about God by using the description of His voice.
God is with us through the trial no matter what the trial is. No matter how high, how wide, or how deep the trial is, He is bigger.
He is with us through the storm and He is with us through the deep waters.
Psalm 29:3 "The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters."
Even in the trial He is still in control, sitting on His throne.
Psalm 29:4 "The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty."
He is greater than the dark forests of trials and can easily remove the obstacles that are too big for us.
Psalm 29:5 "The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon."
Psalm 29:9 "The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory."
He is Lord over the fire and the flames that threaten to consume us.
Psalm 29:7 "The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire."
He is sovereign over the floods of life that try to sweep us away.
Psalm 29:10 "The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever."
And He masters all these types of trials with ease, simply by the power of His voice. His booming, loud, bold voice. Yes, He is master over our trials and controls them at will, and yet our greatest need is not for His booming, powerful voice to remove the trial. That's the voice we so often crave to hear, but the one we often need to hear most is different. It's easy to hear the big booming voice. We wait for it. We cry for it.
"Lord, take this trial away! It hurts!" We listen for His booming voice and we cannot hear it.
It is in those moments we can learn how to listen for His other voice. His still small voice. It's isn't the voice that removes trials, knocks down obstacles, and diverts the floods. It's the voice that speaks peace to our hears. You have to be quiet and still and patient to hear it. His still... small... voice. It says, "I am here. I've got you. Peace."
1 Kings 19:11-12 "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
I come from a family of military people. My Dad was in the Army for eight years. My uncle was career military in the Army. I have several cousins and uncles who are serving or have served in the military. One thing I must say, whether in pictures or in person, there is something powerful about seeing them in uniform. It commands respect. That uniform symbolizes so much. When you see them in uniform, you know that person has given their best. They are in top physical condition. They have been trained. They are soldiers. And yet there is Someone greater who deserves these fine looking men and women in their finest military attire to bow their knees.
Psalm 29:1 "Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength."
Mighty, strong, and glorious as they may be, their victories and their accomplishments are only due to the might, grace, and strength of the Lord. Our most physically elite and battle-prepared representatives on earth cannot compare to the strength and might of the Lord. Their honor and glory should go to Him. How beautiful to see these soldiers... these warriors... bow their knees and give glory where it is truly due! If that be the case, how much more should I, weak and pitiful as I am, give God glory for all victories?
Elegant. Pure. Glowing. Clean. Beautiful. She walks down the aisle and the congregation rises to their feet. Her pure white dress shines. She is breath-taking. The virgin bride reaches the front of the sanctuary to meet her groom. The vows are said. And then it happens. The first kiss they have ever experienced. They saved it for each other. It is a stunning picture of the beauty of holiness. She saved herself for him. She was set apart for him and him alone. Radiant beauty. It captivates the whole audience. And yet their is Someone's holiness that it more pure and more beautiful. He deserves the glory and the honor and the praise.
Psalm 29:2 "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
A pure virgin bride in her cleanest, whitest, most perfect gown... even she should bow the knee and give glory where it is truly due. He is holy, and His holiness is absolutely pure, clean, perfect, sinless, set apart. It is beautiful. Oh, to see such a pure and beautiful bride in her gown bow the knee to the One who deserves the glory! How much more does He deserve all the glory from someone like me!
Weak, stained with sin, hopeless, helpless... How could I ever take the glory for victories? I am no soldier. I am no radiant bride in a pure white gown. What a tragedy, what an insult if I boast in accomplishments!
Give unto the Lord glory and worship Him in the beauty of holiness. He is the only one truly worthy.
Last night, my husband and I spent a few minutes with the kids playing one of our favorite games. We all sat down in the living room floor and played UNO. We dealt the cards and began playing. The game is pretty simple to play so it works for a wide range of ages. One just has to match either the color or the number of a card to play it on the discard pile. When we play sometimes it goes pretty fast. Someone will play a green 2. The next person will play a green 5. The next person will play a red 5. If the following person isn't paying attention, in their haste they will try to play a green card, like a green 7. The problem is that the color has been changed to red. The card doesn't match. We all get a good laugh and the person has to pick their green card back up.
Do you play green 7's to cover up red 5's?
Psalm 28:3 "Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts."
David said one of the characteristics of a wicked person is that their words don't match their hearts. They say kind things to their neighbor's face, but in their heart they have a secret and selfish agenda. They have wicked motives. They are workers of iniquity. They cover their wicked "red 5" heart with pleasant "green 7" words.
Is that how we want to be? Do we want to imitate the character of workers of iniquity? The solution is to let your words match your heart and your heart match your words, let it all match the mind and heart of Christ. Be real. Be genuine. Don't speak kindly to someone while harboring ill will, bad feelings, or selfish motives toward them. In God's UNO game, He doesn't want you to take up the green 7. He wants you to get rid of the red 5 you are trying to cover up.
I love conversation-starter questions. I actually have a jar that I use with my children when we have private snack time. The jar contains slips of paper with simple questions on them to help us grow in our fellowship and keep our lines of communication open. We take turns drawing a piece of paper out and reading it. Then we both answer the question.
Some of the questions:
There are twenty questions in the jar. That jar has helped us have amazing times of fellowship. In Psalm 27, it's almost like someone asked David a conversation-starter question.
"David, if you could only have one thing, what would it be?"
Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."
Of all the things David could have said...
David says, If I could just have one thing it would be to dwell in the place where God meets with His people. He longed for constant, close intimacy with God. He didn't want to just have a temple. He didn't want just to visit the temple. He wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord! He hungered for God. There was nothing in the world that held his heart the way his God did. He would willingly set everything else in life aside for the Lord. It was his love and his pursuit.
Where is my heart? If I could only have one thing, what would it be? Material things like a house, land, wealth? Would I long for beauty, power, or fame? Would I choose family or friends? Would I long for health and long life? Would I ask for safety for my family? Would success be my heart's desire? If I could only have one thing, would I choose, without hesitation and with honest desire and longing, to live out the rest of my days in intense, close, intimate fellowship with my Saviour, Jesus?