I was listening to one of my favorite hymns this evening when I noticed an added chorus to the song that I had not heard in previous versions. That chorus is below along with the link to the version I was listening to:
“God of glory, voice of thunder
Split the cedars, bring us under
Oh the shadows of your wings
You give us strength
You give us peace”
To my surprise I found myself reading the same words in Psalm 29 in preparation of writing today’s Jumpstart. Only a few hours before, my heart was crying this scripture out in worship reminding me how glorious our God truly is. In fact, David starts this psalm off commanding all to ascribe God the glory He deserves. He then explains the reasons why God is due His glory. How He commands nature and His voice is powerful and full of majesty. How His voice alone can break the strongest of wood and can shake the wilderness. How it can give life and cause all to proclaim His “Glory.” And now this glorious King is sitting on His throne and giving His people strength and peace.
So, what do you give glory to over our glorious God? What do you tend to worship and put over the One who is due His worship?
Do you listen to God’s voice when He speaks to you? The God who gets our attention like thunder causes us to jolt and gives us life with His words. Do you give Him your attention and awe when He gives His commands and guidance to you through His word? Are you obedient to Him when He speaks?
Are you resting in our King’s strength and peace that He promises to His people? His voice can make us feel weak but that’s when we depend on Him like we should. His strength is more than enough. His peace is greater than anything that this world offers.
End today’s devotion by re-listening to the great hymn I posted above. Let the Gospel seep through the melody as you’re reminded of our sin and wandering and how His precious blood interposes for us and brings us back to our Heavenly Father and His courts above. Bask in the glory of the Gospel and the gracious God who has given it to us. Now ask those same questions regarding His powerful voice in your life. Are you listening to this God of the Gospel? Are you trusting in His strength and peace only made possible through Jesus?
By: Erik Koliser