“A sound” Acts 2:1 We normally don’t think of God as manifested in sound. Yet, like every other sense, God is there. The ancient Jews blocked their ears when God talked directly to them and begged Moses to speak to them instead. Elijah finally worshipped God in a still small voice. The Psalmist acclaim God’s might and power in a voice that breaks the cedars of Lebanon. The Angels announce and sing at Jesus Birth. The Word is spoken by God and is the Son and the Word, God’s Speech, becomes creation, and ultimately, becomes the God-Man.
God speaks only One Word…eternally, forever, and thus the sounds we hear each and every, the sounds all over the world, all over the universe, the symphony of the stars, the prayers of the saints, the pleas of the purged, the sighs of the sensient, are all the present syllable of that One Word. Unfortunately, because of sin, that universal syllable also echoes with the screams of the persecuted, the last gasps of the dying, the moans of the injured and ill, the lies of the deceitful, the mockery and curses of the evil, all of which Jesus heard and absorbed on the Cross for us. An eternal “Thank You, Praise You, Worship You, Serve You,” is the only appropriate, the only human, the only faith-filled response, though its inadequacy is self-evident. God himself, in praying “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” in inexpressible groanings, makes up that inadequacy for his beloved. Amen. Alleluia!!!