C.S. Lewis wrestled with answers to explain the atrocities and evil of World War II and the loss of his wife to cancer. He famously said, “pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Psalm 29:1-11 has its own unmistakable way to get at the same idea: God’s voice will be heard no matter how strident others voices are. Just like a noise-canceling head set, the voice of the Lord mutes the stormy waters; it even shatters the mighty cedars of Lebanon! (cedars were known for their heights and became a symbol of human pride, Ezekiel 31:10). So God’s voice will be heard, even in the midst of this pandemic.
How do we know? Holy Week is upon us. On Thursday and Friday, evil was heard loud and clear over 2000 years ago. It seemed that Heaven became silent: the disciples betrayed Jesus and were scattered; the multitude turned on Him as did His own people. Jesus was crucified on false charges under Roman Law (Luke 23:47). It was hard to believe then as it is now the idea that Psalm 29 could be a reality! Yet, God’s silence and apparent distance is only the pause, the prelude to His loud proclamation that He always has the last Word. Resurrection Sunday is near and His voice will roar. This Holy Week 2020, unlike any other in our lifetime, may we not be tone-deaf and ignore His megaphone. He came to conquer death and He will come back one day to take us Home. He always has the last word:
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”