O 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 holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
What is this voice of the Lord? Does he actually speak words or is it more like a heavenly voice that our mere mortal nature can't even comprehend? Whatever it is, whether it is true audible words or something much greater and more majestic, it is truly the most powerful thing in all the universe, this "voice of the Lord."
It creates and destroys at will. It speaks both life and death. It gives and it takes away. When God speaks there is no power that can stand against it. Sure, people can disagree with God. They may even not like what God says. It doesn't make them right. It doesn't make them equal with God. It only makes them foolish and obstinate, like a toddler who throws a tantrum to get his own. way.
There are a lot of people like this today. I deal with them on a daily basis. In fact, I am one of them. That is the very nature of sin. It is rebellion against the voice of God. It is thinking, doing or saying things your way instead of God's way.
It makes me both laugh and cry at the same time to think that there are so many times during the day that I go my own way instead of just taking a moment to think about what God's will is. It makes me laugh at my own foolishness, and cry at the opportunities I've missed and the messes I've caused.
This is why David says at the end, "May the Lord bless His people with peace!" In the middle of all the turmoil that we humans cause, we need peace, and the voice of the Lord is what gives that too. He speaks peace to his people, His children. He spoke, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." He spoke "It is finished" He spoke "Lo, I am with you always." to the disciples. And He speaks peace to you as He tells you that your sins are forgiven!
Let us pray: Lord, there is nothing more powerful than your voice. Speak destruction to those things that need to be destroyed in my life and speak peace to me to know that my sins are forgiven. Amen.
Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15; (Family night will resume on Monday, January 11 at 6:15)
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Visitation for Carol Kohrs 9:30-11, Funeral 11am all at Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- Alzheimers Group 1pm
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder's Meeting Noon; High School Youth Bible Study and Pizza @ Church 5pm
Acolyte- 8:30- Dawn Sherman; 11- John Pezold
Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klovver
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11-Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Tom and Pam Linke; 11- Doug and Ruth Walters
Lay readers- Zach Hoelscher; Hannah Johnson
Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Did Mary and Joseph stay in a stable, a cave, or in the basement (first floor) of a house where animals were often kept? (Kind of a trick question.... No one really knows. All it says is that they laid Jesus in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn (which could have meant guest room or lower floor room. We just assume it was a stable or cave since there was a manger present.
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