Psalm 29

Psalm 29

What was at the beginning of the universe? The voice of God! The holy vibration was there and everything started with that holy vibration. These days, the physicists talk about “string theory.” They say that the vibration of strings make masses, forces like gravity, and light. When the same string vibrates in different ways, it can produce either mass or force or light. This “string theory” is a scientific explanation of the origin of the universe. However, here David proclaims essentially the same thing in a poetic form when he demands that everybody should worship God:

“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.”

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’”

The terms are different. The physicist uses “vibration of string” and David talks about “voice of the Lord.” However do they not speak about the same thing? With faith, you can see God who speaks in loud voices, “Let there be light!” and there was light. Then God separated the heaven above the waters and the heaven below the waters (force). Then God created sun, moon, and stars (masses). Without faith, you cannot see God and have to talk about the vibration of strings that produced light, force, and masses. If you have faith, you would praise God with David:

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my children are all grown and have their independent life. We have now empty nest. I and my wife are collecting some mission eggs now in that nest!
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