2. Thunder: The Voice of God! Psalm 29:3

Text:  “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thundereth; the Lord is upon many waters.”
                                                                                                                     Psalm 29:3.

Good morning, alert and listening Christian!  Because the Lord God has, by His Spiritual power, opened your ears and mine and enabled us to hear His powerful voice: we are saved; we are secure in Christ; we are Eternally grateful; and we are ever listening to hear ’the still small voice…’ of His every guiding whisper.  Praise God for alert and listening Christians!

“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of he Learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him this is weary; He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.  The Lord hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”  (Isaiah 50:4-5)

Verse 3.  “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.  No sight more alarming than the flash of lightning around the mast of a ship.

“The glory of God thundereth.  Thunder is in truth no mere electric phenomenon but is caused by the interposition of God Himself.  Electricity of itself can do nothing; it must be called and sent upon its errand; and until the Almighty Lord commissions it, its bolt of fire is inert and powerless.  As well might a rock of granite or a bar of iron fly in the midst of Heaven as the lightning go without being sent by the great First Cause.”         (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)

As an ex-Seaman, sailing on foreign-going ships, across the vast oceans of our world, I have experienced at first hand the power and unleashed atmospheric violence of an ‘electric storm’ at sea.  Bolts of power-filled lightning sizzle across leaden black skies, lighting up all across a thousand mile radius, as though it were the middle of the day.  Then, moments later - BOOM!  An explosive peal of thunder proclaims the reason for the flash, but not the Source.  God’s Voice is heard in the power of His Created elements; God’s glory is partially reflected in the sheer brightness of a lightning bolt.  Were His glory not partially concealed, I believe all the earth would shrivel up in an instant.  Our God is a Holy Lord God of Divine and omnipotent power.

“Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”            (Hebrews 12:28-29)

Too many today, in this 21st Century of increased apostasy and rebellion against the Lord God, dare to think of the Almighty Lord as a kind old man with a long white beard, who can be fooled by the worldly wise, and condescended to by those deeming themselves to be noble.  What a travesty!  What a dangerous notion to hold!  Let us begin for a moment to think again of the hint of God’s power unleashed in a thunder storm, and surely we must - as a nation, and as individuals - humble ourselves, seek His forgiving grace, and healing for our sin-sick land.

“If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Yes, great God, this heart hitherto so dry, so arid, so hard; this rock which Thou hast struck a second time, will not resist Thee any longer, for out of it there now gushes healthful waters in abundance.  The self-same voice of God which overturns the mountains, thunders, lightens, and divides the Heaven above the sinner, now commands the clouds to pour forth showers of blessings, changing the desert of his soul into a field producing a hundredfold; that voice I hear.”  (Jean Baptiste Massillon 1663-1742)

Verse 3.  “The God of glory thundereth.  God’s Word teaches us clearly that ‘The voice of the Lord is upon many waters…’; waters depicting diverse and changing nations of the world.  God’s Word is still being sent out to many diverse nations; nations that have not only rejected Bible-based Christian beliefs, but have openly rebelled against such God-given beliefs and are currently seeking the total destruction of Christian believers and the faith that they desire to openly practice.

In Nigeria, in Sudan, in India, and China, and Vietnam, and North Korea -  Christians are being first despised, then thrown into prisons, kidnapped and tortured, and martyred ruthlessly for holding Bible-based Christian beliefs and seeking to practice them.  Fact.

Never has there been a more worldwide, cruel and horrific persecution of Christian believers than today in this 21st Century.  Pray, Christian, pray!

The Lord God has promised ‘His people’, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…’  Soon the oppressing nations will be cut short in their puny rebellion against the people of God; soon those nations will indeed hear the voice of God thundering in the skies all around them His wrath against all who would dare harm His anointed people.  The Lord will ‘laugh’ at such rebellious persecutors as, in power, He delivers us from them.

“He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”  (Psalm 2:4)

Thought: Listen carefully for the voice of the Lord - Jehovah alone is God Almighty; He will not be mocked by persecutors of ‘His people’.  Speak, Lord.

Psalm 29: The Awesome Power of God’s Voice!

1.  God’s Glory Vs Man’s Rebellion - Psalm 29:1-2

Text:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I (Christ Jesus) have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, (look and pay heed!) your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.”
                                                                                                         Matthew 23:37-39.

Good morning, God-fearing Christian!  You and I have been blessed with a Godly fear of the One true Lord God Almighty, Jehovah.  We bow down before His Almighty power and offer unto Him sincere worship and heart gratitude and praise.  Our thankfulness knows no limits; our reverence of His Holiness is utter and complete.  Praise God it is so, for the Lord God Jehovah, in Christ Jesus, is the only true meaning of the word AWESOME.  No one, nor anything else - Spiritual or temporal - can truly be described as awesome.  Lord God Almighty our hearts, souls, and minds bow down at the sound of Thy Almighty voice.  Hallelujah!  The Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  Amen.

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the Heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all.  Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.”  (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)

Natural mankind who are born of woman - since the Fall into sin of our created progenitors, Adam and Eve, in Eden’s Garden - are naturally rebellious against the Lord God Almighty; and will not GIVE Him the authority and the recognition our Lord God Supernaturally possesses.  Sin has blighted the hearts and minds of natural born mankind, so that he/she not only will not, but cannot, receive the things of the Lord God.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him/her; neither can he/she know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.”  (1 Corinthians 2:14)

This is the reason why we ‘…must be born again…’, we must be quickened by God the Spirit, and regenerated by His power.  Only then will we ‘give unto the Lord…’ all the worship and honour, and praise and glory, and thankfulness that our Sovereign Lord God commands.  Praise God for His grace to Hell-bound sinners such as we!

“This Psalm is meant to express the glory of God as heard in the pealing thunder.  The verses march to the tune of thunderbolts.  True ministers are sons of thunder and the voice of God in Christ Jesus is full of majesty.  Thus we have God’s works and God’s Word joined together.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)

“Whole Psalm:  In this Psalm, the strength of Jehovah is celebrated; and the exemplification of it is evidently taken from a thunderstorm in Lebanon.  From the mountains, the storm sweeps down into the plains.”  (Robert Murray M’Cheyne 1813-1843)

There is nothing to focus the mind of mankind as well as a heavy thunderstorm.  One feels and knows oneself to be, puny and defenceless when compared to the power being manifested during a thunder and lightning storm.  Sizzling flashes of lightning explode across a rain-leaden sky.  Then, moments later, ‘Boom!’ the peal of heavy thunder blasts its way throughout the stratosphere, shaking everything within its sound.

“There is no phenomenon in nature so awful as a thunderstorm.  The Twenty-ninth Psalm derives a sacred vitality and power from the Presence of Jehovah in each successive peal.”  (James Hamilton D.D.1814-1867)

Verse 1.  “Give unto the Lord.  Neither men nor angels can confer anything upon Jehovah, but they should recognize His glory and might.  Natural causes as men call them, are God in action, and we must not ascribe power to them.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)

Verse 2.  “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name.  A third time the admonition is given, for men are backward in glorifying God, and especially ‘great men’.  Unbelief and distrust, complaining and murmuring, rob God of His honour.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)

Verse 2.  “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name.  Which yet you cannot do, for His Name is above all praise; but you must aim at it.”  (John Trapp 1601-1699)

“Worship the Lord.  Why is the Lord to be worshipped?  Why must He have such high honours?  Verses 1-2.  A sincere Christian aims to glorify God, to exalt God, and to lift up God in the world.  He that sets up the glory of God as his chief end will find that his chief end will by degrees eat out all low and base ends.  Where the glory of God is kept up as a man’s greatest end, there all bye and base ends will be kept at an under.”  (Thomas Brooks 1608-1680)

Thought: Personal holiness exercised, exalts the Lord God Who alone is Holy.

“Thy People” Psalm 28:9

Text:  “He (the great Lord God, I AM) feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
                                                                                                                   Isaiah 40:11.

Good morning, well cared for Christian!  The Ritz Hotel service is as nothing to the service our Heavenly Father bestows upon you and me, ‘His people’.  Can we not lift up our hearts and voices in praise and worship of such a Good Shepherd today?  Let me hear it, beloved Christian friend: ‘Hallelujah!  The Lord God Omnipotent reigns!’

“He that spared not His own Son (Jesus Christ) but delivered Him up for us all (all ‘His people’), how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth (the continuous verb, justifies and continues to justify).”  (Romans 8:32-33)

What is promised in the Old Testament, is fulfilled by Christ Jesus in the New Testament.  David’s Spirit-inspired prayers in Psalm 28 ends with verse nine, a prophetic plea which we find truly fulfilled by Christ Jesus, ‘…the same yesterday, today, and forever…’  Praise His Holy and Faithful Name!  (Hebrews 13:8)

Verse 9.  “Save Thy people.  The angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph, espoused to Mary, in a dream, and informed Joseph that Mary had conceived a child from God the Holy Ghost - what we theologians refer to as ‘the immaculate conception of Jesus’, ‘the incarnation of Christ’, God taking on a human body and being born of a virgin.  The angel of the Lord prophesied unto Joseph when he said, “And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”  (Matthew 1:21)

Who was Jesus going to save?  Yes!  Jesus was going to save ‘His people’ from their sins.  Not ALL people, but ‘His people’ were going to be saved from sin.  Praise God!

God the Father, in Eternity, before the foundation of the world, Divinely elected (chose) who He was going to save from our sins and whom He would not.  God is God, He does just whatever He desires to do with the Creation He has Created.  Amen.

“But our God is in the Heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.”  (Psalm 115:3)

“In Whom (Christ Jesus) we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will; that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.”               (Ephesians 1:11-12)

Those whom God the Father elected to save in Eternity, ’His people’, would in His  time and manner receive faith to believe/trust in the coming Messiah, or the Messiah Who had come; or the Messiah (Jesus Christ) Who has come, lived a Holy life in human form; suffered on a cruel Cross as a Sacrifice for ’His people’s sin; died an infinite death that ’His people’ deserved to die; shed His Holy Blood, to redeem the sins of ’His people’, elected by His Father; and rose again to justify us, ’His people’ in the sight of our Thrice Holy Lord God of wrath against all sin.  Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ totally fulfilled the prophecy the angel of the Lord gave to Joseph - we, ‘His people’ are Eternally saved by Him.  Hallelujah!  What a gracious Lord God we serve!

Jesus said: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come unto Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.  And this is the Father‘s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”  (John 6:37-39) 

Christ Jesus has fulfilled, and will continue to fulfil, the prophecy the angel of the Lord gave to Joseph and to all his Old Testament prophets - “…He shall save His people from their sins.”  (Matthew 1:21)

Verse 9.  “…Bless Thine inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up forever.  Note it is Christ’s ’inheritance’ that is to be blessed, fed, and lifted up!  ’All that the Father giveth Me…’  (John 6:37)  Christ’s Divinely ordained remit is to ’Save Thy people’.

Verse 9.  “Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up forever.  Some people think they can ignore the Lord God, despise the Lord Jesus Christ; persecute ’His people’, and promote all sorts of false, man-devised ’religions’ without ever incurring the wrath of the One true God, Jehovah.  How dangerous!  How sad!  What a terrible doom awaits such wilfully arrogant souls!

“The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.  The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all nations that forget God.”  (Psalm 9:16-17)

Well cared for Christians shall suffer persecution, it is a promise from God, because of the wilful evil and disobedience of mankind’s hearts.  (2 Timothy 3:12)  However, we who are ’His people’ have His promise that we will be saved, blessed, feed with convenient food, Spiritual and temporal; and lifted up daily and, in God’s time, forever.  Now, this is a wonderful thought to begin a new Lord’s Day, well cared for Christian.

Thought:   Rejoice, true believer!  God takes care of ‘His people’.  Hallelujah!