These past few days have been full of awe for me… awe at who my God is, how powerful He is, how He works, and what He’s done for me. I’d like to share a tidbit with you.
When I woke up late New Year’s Day morning, I was still under this awe I’ve been talking about. I also wanted to spend some time in my Bible… sort of dedicating this year to Him.
So I turned to Psalms.
I flipped through and found my way to Psalm 29, which was one of those written by David. Let me show you what I found… what blew my mind.
The first two verses are basically commands to worship the Lord because only He is worthy… something we know, but I think we don’t really have a clue how worthy He really is. Perhaps David agreed, for he then went on to describe not God in His entirety, but merely God’s voice. Look at some of his descriptions.
The voice of the Lord is like thunder. We’re kind of used to that analogy.
The voice of the Lord is powerful and majestic. To me, majestic means that it would blow our mind if we could really see it or fully comprehend its power.
It is so powerful, David continues on to say, that it breaks the cedars of Lebanon. Now, the cedars of Lebanon were considered to be the most perfect building material of the day. This is what David and Solomon used for their palaces and what Solomon paid a king’s ransom for, to build the Lord’s temple. It was the best of the best… and the Lord’s voice could break it! If David were living today, he would have said that the Lord’s voice can break the strongest steel girders used in the largest sky-scrapers and the toughest materials NASA has developed for the extreme temperatures space craft must endure.
His voice not only makes mountains move, but it makes them skip and dance!
His voice cuts fire and shapes it however He wills it to be. Are you all aware that stars are fire? I’m going to back up for a moment here.
I’m not sure how many of you who lurk around this blog watched the two YouTube videos I posted last week. My sister was the only one who commented… and quite honestly, I don’t know how anyone could watch them and not be blown away by the power of God. Since no one else commented, I’m going to assume that, perhaps, many of you are on Internet connections that don’t show videos well… or that you were (understandably) too busy to watch it. So here is a brief text version of the first two videos… just to make sure that the page you’re on is somewhere near where I’m at right now.
Here are the planets in our Solar System:
See earth there? Not all that big… especially compared to Jupiter, which is 318 times more massive than this planet we call home.
Now let’s add the sun… you know, that star from which the earth and everything on it derives all of its energy… which is thankfully 90+ million miles away, otherwise it would incinerate us, because it is one sample of the fire that God’s voice cut and shaped.
Jupiter no longer looks all that big. Neither does Earth… but at least we can still see it.
But lest you think that the sun is big…
I’m not done yet, for Arcturus isn’t the largest star man has managed to somehow measure. Let’s go up a few more star-sizes:
Ready to go bigger?
The largest star that man has managed to measure is Canis Majoris. Let’s see what it would look like next to our Sun:
Think about it! With every breath that you or I take, we breath out microscopic molecules of all kinds of things. But when God speaks, he breathes out stars.
He breathes out stars! He shaped them with His voice!
Let’s go back to Psalm 29.
God’s voice also causes the wilderness to whirl around, and can strip the leaves off every tree in every forest of the world, because of its power. That statement is now quite understandable. If He breathes out stars, then stripping the forests of their leaves would take only the tiniest puff.
And it is this God who was King when the Flood covered the earth (which now seems like it wasn’t really all that big a deal), who is King today, and will remain King forever.
Those facts alone are amazing. In David’s weak, human words, he does his best to describe just a little of how powerful God’s voice is… something which modern science can now give us a slightly better grasp of.
But that’s not the end of the Psalm.
There are two more statements. The first is that this powerful God gives strength to His people… and if anyone would have strength to spare, I think it would be a God whose mere voice has so much power we can’t comprehend it. And somehow, despite the vastness of Him and the smallness of us, He cares about us enough to want to lend us His strength.
But get this… the last line of this Psalm.
This God, whose voice can make mountains dance… this voice that releases so much power that it formed and shaped stars that are billions of times larger than us… He uses His voice in yet another way. All that power… all that majesty and glory… is turned toward little tiny microscopic-in-comparison us. And He speaks and releases His power again…
…to bless us with peace.
Does this mean anything to you? Does anyone else feel compelled to say, “Wow?”