Flying down to Guernsey for my son’s wedding last April, we had an amazing Wow! moment as the sun began setting. The colours deepened as we watched transfixed, through the plane window. I tried taking photos, but they didn’t come close to doing justice to the amazing scene before us. It was as though the whole earth was putting on a show just for our benefit!
I think David was having a Wow! moment in Psalm 29. Suddenly struck by the awesome majesty of Almighty God, he seems to have been particularly aware of his voice. And what a voice! The voice that spoke to the voids of nothingness and brought forth all of creation; the voice that carries the weight of authority of a God whose might and power and glory is beyond description. I wonder if David was observing a thunder and lightening storm as he wrote this, and rather than being terrified by it, he was transfixed by the majesty of the God who had ordained it; secure in the knowledge that He who had the power to do this was totally in control.
Our God is an awesome God, and by rights, we should be terrified to contemplate his glory. But this is the same God who “gives strength to his people…and blesses his people with peace.” How can we not be compelled to ascribe to him the glory due to his name? How can we fail to fall on our knees and worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness?
What really saddened me after that wonderful flight to Guernsey, was the realisation that, because the windows were quite small, the people on the other side of the plane did not even catch a glimpse of that wonderful sunset. How much of my life do I live, unaware of the majesty of God, and the wonders he is performing – right next to me – but I fail to notice? God help me see…help me worship…help me ascribe to you the glory due to your name. I don’t want to miss it!