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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 29: The Power of God in Nature


A psalm of David.


[Preliminary 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]



v.1,2 A call to recognise and give glory to the Lord for His glory & power


v.1  Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, [i.e. the angels & powers – Eph 6:12 ]
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
v.2  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.


v.3-5 A mighty storm from the north heralds His power


v.3  The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
v.4  The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
v.5  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
[mountains along north border of Israel]

v.6 The whole land of the north quakes


v.6  He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
[Mount Hermon] like a young wild ox.

v.7-9 This devastating storm reaches to the far south


v.7  The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
v.8  The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
[in the far south of Israel]
v.9  The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”


v.10,11 Clearly the Lord presides over all Creation as ruler


v.10  The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
v.11  The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.



[Additional 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 Lord.]



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