Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-10:20 / Mark 11:27-12:12 / Psalm 29:1-11
Rich Little is a name this generation may not be familiar with but when I was growing up he was known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices”. He could transform his voice to sound like well-known celebrities and politicians. He was best known for his President Richard Nixon, George Burns and Jack Benny impersonations.
Of all the voices Rich Little has ever impersonated, there is one voice that neither he nor anyone else has ever been able to master…God’s! David wrote, “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters… the voice of the Lord is powerful… the voice of the Lord is majestic... the voice of the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon… the voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning... the voice of the Lord shakes the desert…” (Psalm 29:3-8)
When God speaks, His voice reverberates like thunder and He gets everyone’s attention! When powerful storms swept over Israel, they were accompanied with thunderous booms that echoed magnificently throughout the mountains. In fact, we often hear a thunderstorm long before we see or experience it. God’s voice echoes in our spirits long before the arrival of His divine presence of judgment or comfort. God’s majestic voice shakes our lives with great intensity, reverence and fear.
Lebanon was known for their mighty and majestic cedar trees. They dwarfed all other trees, a symbolic sign of power and strength. They stood as invincible and unmovable yet were vulnerable to the destructive winds of a powerful storm. We have seen the destructive forces of storms and tornados as they have leveled everything in their path taking out trees, homes, buildings and entire towns.
God’s voice is described as being able to topple, uproot and splinter these mighty cedars of Lebanon. Man stands before an eternal God whose voice powerfully strips and topples all of their arguments, declarations and might. A storm can strip a forest bare, God strips man bare of his excuses and strength. No power or authority can stand against the voice of God!
Like a flash of lightning that lights the sky and earth, God’s voice illuminates all of creation. He reveals even the secret things in our lives and those things hidden in darkness are exposed. Lightning cannot be captured or controlled; it splinters and destroys everything that it touches. God’s voice acts like a purifying fire in our lives; as pride, sin and impurities surface, they are removed like dross.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” (Gen. 1:1) God spoke all things into existence as He repeatedly declared, ”Let there be…” One day He will speak again to all of creation and pronounce either eternal wrath or eternal life. May we long and live to hear Him say…”Enter into the joy of the Lord!”