The music is captivating and the scenery is a delight. You are captivated by the predicament facing the characters in the play but you don’t know who is going to stand up and be the one who saves the villagers from their terrible fate. It is getting close to the interval and you are aware that someone is going to have to step forward, and then up steps the hero, you always knew they were going to because they are at the top of the billing, but within the play this is where they make their mark. They stand on a well-positioned box and speak. Their words matter, you can tell in the way they are speaking that they have the knowledge and the power to do what is needed.
In the 29th Psalm we hear the Psalmist put forward the description of the voice of God. We hear what the voice of God is like, we hear of the strength of God’s voice and that it can change the world in so many different ways. At the end of the psalm we are told what this strong and powerful voice will be used for, we hear the point of strength and power. We hear what God does with his voice and what is needed for us, and what we are to do with our own voices.
“The Lord gives strength to his people, and the Lord blesses them with peace.”
Help us to use our voice for peace, wherever we have a say and wherever our voice is heard help us to bring your kingdom of peace and justice about here on earth.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name;
worship the Lord in the splendour 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 for ever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.