The Power of God
Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.
We are studying about John being called up to Heaven with the voice of a trumpet. We see in Revelation the vocal description of God… the voice of many waters. Is there anything quite as powerful as the sound of a huge wave or a tornado size wind gusting. The sight of a huge bolt of lightning and yet the same kind of power is displayed by a crystal clear blue sky or a dark velvet of painted on stars in the heavens.
All of these show the sheer power of God. But it also shows the control God has to use peace to impress us with His power.
When we lived in Tucson it was not uncommon in the month of August (Monsoon season) almost everyday between 5:00 and 5:15 high winds of up to 60 sometimes 70 mph with rain and the normally dry river beds in town would fill up because of the rain coming down from the mountains. Palm trees would bend but not break. People would protect their outdoor furniture, toys, etc. But by 6:00 it was already dry and the river beds were practically empty. It would go away as soon as it came. Life was put on hold for about ab hour and then everything resumed as if nothing happened.
But one thing was for certain…almost everybody respected nature and its possible side effects. I say almost because (the stupid motorist law) which penalizes people for knowingly going into an area they should not be in during in-climate weather or dangerous situations.
When people forget about the power of nature and lose the fear of God terrible things can happen to them and others.
That’s what happens to us now and then. We forget the awesome power of God and how it can work for or against us.
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”
What sense of power we can feel when we know the God of the universe is our source.
The words to the song How Big is God is very appropriate:
How big is God. How big and wide His vast domain
To try and tell these lips can only start
He’s big enough to rule this mighty universe
Yet small enough to live with in my heart