A recent trip to the Holy Land I hosted for a group of friends included a hike up Mt Sinai. We ascended the steep mountain on camels, viewing the cliffs on each zig and zag from the high hump of the dromedary. With each look down the side of the mountain and each sound of falling gravel dislodged by the big, floppy feet of our animals, I asked myself, "What have I done? There must be an easier way to get a feel for Moses and the Ten Commandments." As the slope became too steep for camels, we walked up the last five hundred feet to the pinnacle just as sudden darkness engulfed us. After a time of silence each of us began to hear the voice of God in our own way. We heard the promise of God that He was with us and would guide our steps down the mountain; we again reached the desert valley just as dawn was breaking.
We experienced that night what the psalmist also describes. When we are silent enough to hear the voice of God, the voice sounds like thunder, falling waters, a windstorm or even the music of the dance. We say with the psalmist, "In his temple all say, 'GLORY!'" Or in the words of our theme for this week of the Trinity, "How can this be?"
Psalm 23:3-10 (NRSV)
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.