Divine utterance, hailstones, coals of fire, arrows, lightning flashes, and water channels seem like strange companions, but not so strange when we realize that humans have learned about divine reality and majesty from observing nature (the created world) (Romans 1:20) We should therefore not be too hesitant to admit that God reveals himself outside of human writings. God’s voice is reasonably associated with words and messages, hence the Bible has become the finest place to experience divine communications. The Bible may be the most popular (most printed) book, but it also ranks highly among the misunderstood books of all time. If man had to look at nature to hear God speak there would be far less misunderstanding. There would be no thriving sacred book business where the books contradict each other. There would be little room for variations of interpretation. But with our own eyes we can see and differentiate, along with the Scriptures, rain, sunshine, night and day. The confusion over (1) God’s mission Psalm 18:16 (2) purposeful deliverance of people in trouble and Psalm 18:17 and (3) taking pleasure in humans is synthetic Psalm 18:19. People were not confused about what thunder, lightning, and rain were or what they did.
Spin this with a little culture
A rain shower is a phenomenon we cannot spin. A tree in the autumn whose leaves stay green is still a tree, and a tree whose leaves dry up, do not change colour and do not fall to the ground is not an evergreen.
Yahweh’s thundering in the sky is associated with El Elyon’s use of his voice.Noone seems to have received the gospel apart from human messengers, a point driven home by Paul (Romans 10:14). The Incarnation seems to end the reliance on nature for saving information and set in motion what we can only call a beautiful human involvement in God’s most magnificent venture. Those saved people who refuse to learn to read the text are like the meteorologists who know nothing about the direction of the wind, the temperatures aloft, and the moisture that a cloud may hold.
Say it again, Psalmist
For a second time, in Psalm 29, the songwriter associates thunder with God’s voice, and sets forth an explanation of natural phenomena as displaying God’s power and lordship and as accomplishing his purposes. He repeats “Yahweh’s voice” in verses 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. Even though he does not once say “I love you” should not such an array of God’s utterances have led the translators to see the facts of history and not turn the summary or conclusion into an uncertain future. Why choose “will give” from yitten? Why choose “will bless” from yĕbarek? Is it not true that Yahweh kept giving strength to his people and kept blessing his people with peace? A holy speaker would know the difference and how important is was to give Yahweh credit for what he has been doing for Abraham’s descendants.