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