Devotional Readings, M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Psalm 29 – The Voice of the Lord

We found these words of David in the prior Psalm 28.

O LORD my rock; be not silent to me

What is interesting is to consider how God speaks, last week in our small group Bible Study about Elijah, we noted that God can speak softly:

Ki 19:9  And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

1Ki 19:10  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

1Ki 19:11  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1Ki 19:12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice

But this doesn’t seem to be a necessary or even common way, as we read about much louder voices in other places, including the very next Psalm 29. God speaks even as a great voice, as of a trumpet and thundereth!

Revelation 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Psa 29:1  A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Psa 29:2  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Psa 29:3  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

Psa 29:4  The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

Psa 29:5  The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

Psa 29:6  He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

Psa 29:7  The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

Psa 29:8  The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

Psa 29:9  The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

Psa 29:10  The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.

Psa 29:11  The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

It maybe fine to look for and listen to the still small voice but lets keep ears open to hear the louder more clear voice of God’s word and in particular in his written word….the Bible.

The Westminster Confession puts it this way:

CHAPTER 1

Of the Holy Scripture

1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.

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