Psalm 29: The Power of God in Nature
psalm of David.
Comments: Another psalm of David that looks to nature,
this time to a massive storm that flows down over the land from
far north to far south, bending and breaking trees before it.
David sees the forms of this storm as specific expressions (voice)
of the Lord. When He ‘speaks' immense power is released and brings
destruction, yet His people can be at peace in it [v.11]. Christian
believers likewise take assurance that whatever is happening in
the world, the Son of God is ruling in the midst of it – see Psa
110:1,2, 1 Cor 15:25]
A call to recognise and give glory to the Lord for His glory &
to the Lord, you heavenly beings, [i.e.
the angels & powers – Eph 6:12 ]
the Lord glory and strength.
to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his
A mighty storm from the north heralds His power
voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of
Lebanon. [mountains along north
border of Israel]
The whole land of the north quakes
makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Hermon] like a young wild ox.
This devastating storm reaches to the far south
voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
[in the far south of Israel]
voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
Clearly the Lord presides over all Creation as ruler
Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Thoughts: For David the psalmist, all of Creation speaks
in some way about the wonder, power, and majesty of the Lord.
Here he observes in a mighty nation-wide storm the power of the
to Psa 30