Psalm 29

I wonder what God sounds like? I suppose he sounds like Jesus – if we are thinking of a human voice that is. Elijah heard God in a still small voice, and Moses heard him when he saw the bush that was burning but not burning up. Jesus reminds us that God is Spirit – what does that sound like? Maybe the question implies that God is a big bloke sitting on a cloud with thunderbolts in one hand and rainbows in the other – totally wrong, of course, and anyone who has flown in an aeroplane will have had a chance to inspect the clouds in any case.

In Psalm 29, David has an idea of God’s voice from the sounds you can find in nature. There is a thundering waterfall, lightning, earthquakes and whirlwinds (tornadoes even). The point being that God’s voice is more powerful than anything in nature. Whatever it is, God’s voice is not timid. It is worth pausing sometimes and reminding ourselves what we are in comparison with the world around us – pretty small. Yet not matter how big, great or powerful Nature is, or how beautiful and energetic the Universe is, God is so much more so.

That is the heavenly Father we pray to, whether we are asking for strength or praying for peace.

A prayer from “Common Worship”

God of love, you are passionate and strong, tender and careful. Watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Additional Collect, Mothering Sunday)