The Voice of God in a Great Storm
A Psalm of David.
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace! “
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
Voices have the power to call forth the forces of both Creation and Destruction. Through voices we take and shape wind infused with spirit and touch the minds and hearts of those around us through their ears. It is a gift we share, albeit in a smaller way, but nonetheless share with our God. There is a special place though where our power meets God’s power. It is when our natural gifts are empowered and activated by the Holy Spirit of God in us. These natural gifts then become supernatural.
Supernatural does not mean godlike in a sense of potency. It means “like God” in the sense of direction or alignment. A small train engine, like the Little Engine that Could has a physical limitation to how much weight it can haul and how steep a hill it can climb. If an engine 100 times more powerful hitched on to the front, 100 times more weight could be hauled and steeper passages traversed. The little engine would be doing its part, but the total outcome would make it seem like it was just along for the ride. Now if that little engine pulled against the bigger engine, the work might be cut by 50%. It would literally be able to do more harm than good. We are like that little engine and the Holy Spirit is the larger engine we connect with. We cannot stop it but we can fight and become a stumbling block. Or we can go along for the ride of our life.
Your voice is a gift from God. How do you use it?
How do you allow God to direct and empower it?