First Baptist Church of Gurley
Pastor Shane Rodriguez
Voice - qôl
Posted on October 23rd, 2016

Psalm 29 is significant because David penned it as he observed a particularly violent and frightening thunderstorm. The psalm can easily be divided into three sections: the duty of giving praise and glory to God (vv. 1, 2), the description of the storm (vv. 3-9), and the deep impression this made on David (vv. 10, 11).  It is that middle section that captures our attention, for in it David uses the word voice seven times, likening the sounds of the storm to the very voice of God. The Hebrew here is qôl, which appears more than 500 times in the OT and refers primarily to a sound made with vocal cords, as in speech (Gen. 27:22), singing (Exod. 32:18), and even laughter (Jer. 30:19), but also to other sounds (e.g., Jer. 47:3; Exod. 19:16; 1 Kings 14:6; Nah. 3:2).  In Genesis 3:8, the now fallen Adam and Eve "heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day." One of the ancient Targums—these were oral Aramaic "interpretive renderings" (not translations) of the OT made from the second century to about the seven century A.D. —paraphrases: "the voice of the Word of the Lord God." While there has been some debate concerning what Adam and Eve heard in the garden, it seems quite obvious—they heard the Word of the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Himself as He walked in the Garden. In His incarnation, He was "the Word [who] was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14), and it appears He communed with our first parents in that perfect world.  Oh, how crucial it is that we listen to God's voice! At times that voice will be as a roar of thunder (Exod. 19:16-19; Ps. 18:13), for God needs to get our attention. More often it will be "a still small voice" (or, "a sound of soft stillness," 1 Kings 19:12), requiring us to be absolutely silent and listen. God's voice also comes through the men of God who preach and proclaim His Word (Exod. 3:18; Deut. 18:16-19; Jonah 3:2; Rom. 10:14, 15; 2 Tim. 4:1-4; see also March 15-17).  Scriptures for Study: What are the tragedy and challenge of Psalm 81:10-12?  What, then, is the command of Psalms 95:7-9 and 103:20? (A Hebrew Word for the Day: Key Words from the Old Testament by Dr. J. D. Watson)

In the Shadow of the King,

Pastor Shane

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