As adults, we are rarely moved by something so trivial as the weather. We have an app on our phones that tells us exactly what to expect with every storm. Of course, the news broadcasters try to make us afraid of every storm, but because they do this with every storm, we aren’t very moved any more. They are simply the boy who cried wolf, and this storm that is coming will be just another bout of rain that will pass, just like the last one, with little to no damage to your life.
But, can you remember back to when you were a child, and the dark clouds of a thunderstorm surely meant coming doom? Can you remember seeing the downpour of rain and wondering if your house was going to flood? Can you remember seeing the lightning strike in the distance, and wondering how soon that fire from the sky would strike near you? Can you remember hearing the peals of thunder and feeling sure that the sky was caving in?
Perhaps it a childlike sensitivity to the forces of nature that allows us to see God in the storm. As adults, we are too often jaded to appreciate the beauty of the storm, and worship God in the storm. But when we have faith like a child, we can join with the psalmist in praising God for every part of the storm.
Please read Psalm 29:3-9.
Some think that “the voice of the Lord” is a euphemism for a thunderclap that repeats throughout the storm. But I think that the psalmist is simply hearing God’s voice in every part of the storm.
As the rain pours down, “the voice of the Lord is over the waters.”
As the thunder claps, “the God of glory thunders.”
As the lightning strikes a tree, “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.”
As the lightning strikes across the sky, “The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire."
As the thunder roars, “the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.”
The voice of the Lord can be heard in every part of the storm.
This fearful voice that “strips the forests bare” is so powerful that it “makes the oaks to shake.” When God speaks from heaven, all the angels who worship in His heavenly temple cry out “Glory!”
How wonderful is it that we can join with the angels in worshipping our Lord! We can see Him move in the storm and ascribe to Him the glory that is due His name.
The next time that you hear of a storm coming, sit on your porch with your Bible and read Psalm 29. Then watch the storm, and listen to the voice of the Lord in every part of its fearful majesty.
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