Baptism of the Lord: Psalm Passage – Preacher and Seeker talk about Psalm 29

Preacher: “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.”

Seeker: Why does the Lord have glory and power? Where does the name of the Lord gather its glory and splendor?
Preacher: “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.”

Seeker: The Lord is in creation. The Lord rules over creation. What else does the voice of the Lord do?
Preacher: “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!”

Seeker: Is the voice of the Lord only a sound?
Preacher: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.”

Seeker: What does the voice of the Lord give to us, humanity?
Preacher: “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29)

Seeker: Has the voice of the Lord ever been heard by humanity?
Preacher: The voice of the Lord speaks to us through scripture. The prophets of the Lord heard the Lord and carried spoke to God’s called and chosen people according to what they heard. We who listen for the Lord do not always hear the Divine’s voice accurately. So the Lord sent to the earth Jesus, the Son of God, so that humanity might hear the Lord’s voice clearly. But still there is debate as to what the Lord said and what was meant. That is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit of the Lord was sent to earth. Alas, human ears in whatever time and generation they are in interpret what they have heard according to human understanding. The voice of the Lord is glory and strength, holiness and splendor. Each human ear and each human heart must listen to it according to its ability and understanding.
Seeker: I strain to hear what the Lord has to say. All of humanity and creation must also strain to hear.
Preacher: Yes, it does. I confess, I strain also to hear. May our hearing and our understanding be perfected through the Spirit!
Seeker: Selah!


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