praising God in the storm

Tonight as I was driving home a beautiful thunderstorm was sweeping across the town I live in. The lightning was vast and bright enough to light up the entire sky. The accompanying thunder could be heard rumbling over the sound of the CD playing in the van. And as I drove I was in awe of how big and how great God is. When I got home I just parked the van in the driveway and sat in the midst of the storm reading some of the many Scripture passages that talk about lightning.

The Bible uses the imagery of thunder and lightening often to speak of God's great power, like in David's song of deliverance in 2 Samuel 22. Thunder and lightning also appear in the text as symbols of God's presence among people, such as Exodus 19:16-20:22. The same words are used in Jeremiah 10:10-13 to describe God's providential and powerful hand behind the forces of nature. There are other instances as well that describe God's might, times of pain and dread, and future glories that we cannot understand. You can see all the uses of lightning here.

Next time you sit and blink at the great lightning flashes in the sky, and the next time you feel in your chest the deep rumblings of the thunderheads' booms, read these awesome words from Job 36 & 37 and worship God:

26"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him;
The number of His years is unsearchable.
27"For He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from the mist,
28Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
29"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
The thundering of His pavilion?
30"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him,
And He covers the depths of the sea.
31"For by these He judges peoples;
He gives food in abundance.
32"He covers His hands with the lightning,
And commands it to strike the mark.
33"Its noise declares His presence;
The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

Job 37

1"At this also my heart trembles,
And leaps from its place.
2"Listen closely to the thunder of His voice,
And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth.
3"Under the whole heaven He lets it loose,
And His lightning to the ends of the earth.
4"After it, a voice roars;
He thunders with His majestic voice,
And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.
5"God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
6"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,'
And to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.'
7"He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.