“The LORD is enthroned as King forever.” Psalm 29:10
- C.S.Lewis in his book, ‘Reflections on the Psalms’, wrote about the way God, our King, reveals himself in His Creation;
“…the doctrine of Creation leaves Nature full of manifestations which show the presence of God, and created energies which serve Him. The light is His garment, the thing we partially see Him through (104:2), the thunder can be His voice (29:3-5). He dwells in the dark thundercloud (18:11), the eruption of a volcano comes in answer to His touch (104:32). The world is full of his emissaries and executors. He makes winds His messengers and flames His servants (104:4), rides upon cherubim (18:10), commands the army of angels.”
- David, King of Judah, in his psalm wrote, ‘the God of glory thunders…the voice of the LORD is majestic’.
David reminds Judah that their LORD rules over the storms in their world; and though He may at other times speak with ‘a gentle whisper’ (1 Kings 19:12) He most certainly will speak, to His people and to His enemies, in thunder and lightning.
- This ‘wildness’ of God is a characteristic we neglect; we understandably prefer to see Him in, and to praise Him for, His love and grace towards us.
But the risk then is that we will forget (other than at Easter perhaps) that Love and Grace came in the storm and the darkness accompanying His death and how often do we imagine the sound of His voice then?
‘It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.’ Luke 23:44-46