The Voice of the Lord – 4/21/21

The Voice of the Lord

Psalm 29

I. The Place – vs. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters

Creation was the result of the voice of God being upon the waters.

  • Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said…

What is the significance of His voice being upon the waters?

Waters are a picture of that which is:

               A. Ungodly

  • Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

Revelation 17:1the great whore sitteth upon many waters; (verse 15 explains who the waters are.)

               B. Unstable

  • Genesis 49:3,4 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water,…”

               C. Unsafe

  • Psalm 18:16, 17 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

We could go on and on and look at the significance of the voice of God being upon the waters.

Fact is, there’s no place too bad, too rough, too scary, where God cannot speak and His voice cannot be heard.

II. The Power – vs. 4 “The voice of the LORD is powerful…”

               A. Power to Destroy

  • vs. 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

The cedar trees are known for their longevity; their power, might and strength.

Yet, at the voice of God, the cedars are broken.

Rigid, strong, powerful, rooted, and yet completely vulnerable to the voice of the Lord.

               B. Power to Direct

  • vs. 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

The voice of God has the power to make an inanimate object become animated.

He can take that which has been broken and shattered to skip with joy.

               C. Power to Divide

  • vs. 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

The flames are constantly moving and interwoven.

The flames fall under His control and perform His bidding at His voice.

That which threatens, mars, scars and destroys becomes impotent at His voice.

That which Satan put into your life to destroy you, God uses it to purify.

  • His voice divided the flames of fire that caused the burning bush not to be destroyed.
  • His voice divided the flames of fire that led the children of Israel.
  • His voice divided the flames that did not burn the three Hebrew children.
  • His voice divided the flames that sat upon each of the saints in Acts 2.

               D. Power to Disturb

  • vs. 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

Throughout the Bible, the voice of God caused a shaking; a disturbance.

  • His voice shook Mt. Sinai in Exodus 19:18
  • His voice shook the posts of the door of the Temple in Isaiah 6:4.
  • His voice shook the whole earth and it trembled in Psalm 77:18.
  • His voice shook not only the earth, but also the heavens. Hebrews 12:26

               E. Power to Deliver

  • vs. 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve…

God asked Job – can you tell when the hinds will give birth? Do you know the time?

At the voice of God, they will!

Job 39:1

  • 1  Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
  • 2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

               F. Power to Discover

  • vs. 9 … and discovereth the forests:

That word discover in this verse is the Hebrew word for to strip, strip off, lay bare, make bare, draw out

That which seems permanent, that which is the result of years of deep rooted resilience and growth.

At his voice – He can strip – lay bare – discover the forests.

III. The Privilege

What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to hear the voice of God!

  • vs. 1 …give unto the Lord glory and strength
  • vs. 2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
  • 4b – the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
  • vs. 9c – and in his temple doeth every one speak of his glory.
  • vs. 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Conclusion: We have two primary reactions to the voice of God.

We can HIDE from it. (First Mention Principle)

  • Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

We can HEARKEN to it. (Second Mention)

  • Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Do you see the correlation between Exodus 15:26 and verse 11 of our text?

  • vs. 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

If you’ve been privileged enough to hear the voice of the Lord, HEARKEN UNTO IT!!