The Medium Is the Message
Holy God, enlighten my mind with Your truth, and govern my heart so I will be obedient to Your voice.
Read PSALM 29:1-11
A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“God speaks to us, and the voice of the Lord is very powerful. He speaks through nature’s grandeur, the events of history, the Bible, the sacraments” (Dr. A. Leonard Griffith).
As a picture of evil, the surging, chaotic movement of stormy oceans is very powerful. What chance has an ordered, peaceful, happy life against these raging torrents?
Greater than the surging mass of gods, more powerful than the rebellion of those who worship them, purposeful in the face of sin’s chaos, the Lord reigns supreme. He is enthroned above evil and he exercises his dominion with his voice. The one who created all things by the power of his voice rules over their rebellion by that same sovereign voice. So the mighty ones of the earth are to ascribe glory and strength to him, and not to themselves; they are to bow down before his splendor. Their glory is as nothing before his power and majesty. And it’s all done with the glory of the voice of the King over all kings. He is altogether other than us, and therein is our eternal safety, for the one enthroned above these floods is ours and we are his. We are weak but he is strong. We face threats too powerful for our little lives, but he blesses his people with peace.
And here’s the thing this Lord’s Day, this day of resurrection: we see what David could not because we see Jesus. He is the creative voice: both the speaking of God and the glorious Word that is spoken (John 1:1-18). He is the powerful victor over evil and the grave who’s now enthroned in the majesty of God (Heb. 1:1-4). From his mouth comes judgment for his people’s enemies (think of the sharp double-edged sword coming out of his mouth in Revelation 1:16). He is the King over all kings and the Lord over all lords. With glad, thankful hearts we “worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (2; Psa. 96:9).
How can this reminder of Jesus as King and Lord affect your daily journey through life (11)? Thank him for his many good and gracious gifts.
Almighty, eternal Father, allow me to see above any present troubles and hear the Word of Your victorious, risen Son.
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