The Voice of God in a Great Storm – A Psalm of David.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty 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 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 causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “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!
When I was a kid, I had a friend whose mother would sometimes get aggravated by our rambunctiousness, and when she did, she would stop in the middle of yelling at us and say “Lord give me strength!”
As parents, we may have found ourselves making the same plea from time to time…when we felt that our kids were getting out of hand, or when things were not quite going our way. Usually it is said with some humor, but sometimes we ask for God’s strength because we have found ourselves in a more serious situation.
I have a theory that when some kids reach 14 they lose all of their common sense for a while, and may not get it back until they are in their 20’s. It seems like many of us have also gone through this time in our lives, which can be filled with chaos and foolish choices. Sometimes those choices have serious consequences, and that is when “Lord give me strength” takes on a deeper meaning, both for our children and ourselves.
Those of us who are (or have been) parents of teens may have experienced times when our children have gotten into situations where we all truly needed God’s strength and grace to support us.
When our children are in trouble, we can find ourselves feeling their pain ourselves. We worry about them and hope for the best, and want to keep them safe and trouble-free, but often this is out of our hands, and at times like this we can feel as if we are in the midst of a storm, as events spiral out beyond our control, leaving us feeling overwhelmed by disappointment, sadness and fear!
Yet even in the midst of this storm, when we may feel powerless in the face of our troubles, there is good news: as the voice of the Lord can be heard above the fury of the storm to offer us hope. God is always with us, and has power when we are powerless, and God speaks to us through those close to us, the people we lean on in times of trouble, those who offer us support and advice when the going is rough.
While the voice of the Lord speaks to us always, sometimes we get so busy trying to manage a crisis, that we do not always hear that voice. It is at these times that it helps me to remember the old poster of the footprints in the sand…where the Lord explains that there is only one set of footprints during the hard times, because that was when we were being carried; sure it can be corny and trite, but it is also true…during the hardest times, God reaches out to carry us over the burning sands that can leave us scorched, and bring us safely to the other side (and there always is an ‘other’ side to any time of crisis).
It is because we can get too caught up in our troubles, that it is helpful to remember to stop, even in the midst of the storm, and find some quiet time to pray, and then to listen…for the voice of the Lord, as it calls out to us with comfort and love, and is shared with us through the faith and compassion of others.
The voice of the Lord in our lives reminds us that we are not alone, that we are always walking in the light Christ, the promise of a new life free from fear, pain, and troubles. And we walk in that light with our children also…even when they make mistakes and do things we are not happy about…and in this way we are the voice of the Lord for our children, by standing by them (if not approve of their behavior) and loving them no matter what.
The voice of the Lord gives us strength enough to share with our children during their time of trouble, and promises us all that in the end, when the crisis has passed…there will be peace; for the voice of God is the voice of strength, love and forgiveness…given for us all!
Let us Pray
God, thank you for giving us your grace and love; thank you that you are powerful, when we are most powerless. Please let us see and share your voice of power as we walk through whatever storms we may face, and to use the strength you give us to help our children, ourselves and others. Let us always be listening for your voice, whether it is from the scriptures, or from those near to us.