God's Voice, God's Message

by Deacon Lorna Goodison on January 06, 2022

“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.” (Psalm 29:3-4)

As a child, I learned very early. When my father spoke, I did as he directed. There was no room for questions nor disobedience! The authority of his voice was unequivocal. But the authority of an earthly father’s voice is minimal when compared with the incomprehensible and boundless power and authority of God’s voice.

In Psalm 29, the Psalmist proclaims that God’s voice manifests God’s power, authority, and dominion as well as God’s splendor, dignity, and majesty. God’s voice is so inexpressibly profound that human language is inadequate to fully express it. The Psalmist, therefore, expresses the power and glory of God’s voice metaphorically, using of the created elements: the roaring of mighty waters and the booming of mighty thunders.  The awesomeness of God’s voice conveys the inexhaustible power of the words God’s voice utters. In the creation story, God spoke, “let there be light and there was light.”    

In this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 3:15-17 & 21-22), we read that after Jesus’ baptism God’s powerful voice spoke once more. This time the Voice’s powerful message is LOVE. Jesus is washed in the waters of baptism, then turns to God in prayer. In response to His prayers, Jesus is anointed with the Holy Spirit and God’s voice thunders from heaven to earth proclaiming, “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you, I am well pleased.”  God’s voice manifested Jesus as the Divine Son, enfolded in an eternal bond of love with God the Father. As the Beloved Son, Jesus is chosen to accomplish God’s mission of lovingly leading fallen humanity into newness of life with God. God is pleased with Jesus who willingly surrendered His will to God’s mission. Jesus begins His mission with humanity by being washed in the waters of Baptism along “with all the people.”

In Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ Baptism, we hear God’s voice thundering throughout the world, proclaiming the glorious message of God’s endless and unconditional love for all persons. “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believed in Him may not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) I invite you to listen keenly to this weekend’s Scripture readings and hear our Lord’s assuring voice speak to you. Hear our Lord’s tender voice declaring, “I have called you by name, you are mine.” “You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah43:1&4) The God whose powerful voice created the universe and declared His Son Beloved now declares abiding love for you and me! Thanks be to God! 

Tags: love, power, authority, majesty, glory of god, voice, splendor, dignity

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