Sunday 19th February – Psalm 29

Lightning Bolt
…”The God of glory thunders”…

Another quotation from the Bible book of Psalms

Psalm 29 verses 1-7
1. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the LORD glory and strength.

2. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

3. The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The LORD is over many 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,
Yes the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.

6. He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.

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Analysis added 4th March 2012

This is another one of those Psalms that speaks of the majesty of God. I love to read these Psalms and think about them, because I’m excited about the fact that God is an awesome King, the King whose greatness fills all of history and the universe, and expands far beyond these, and He has called us all to know Him, and to live for His Kingdom! I love thinking on how big He is, and how His greatness far exceeds the limits of my imagination!

Verse 1 calls “the mighty ones” to “give to the LORD” glory and strength – or to recognise that God has glory and strength in abundance – or to glorify His name, by talking about how excellent and wonderful and beautiful and utterly glorious He is!

Verse 2: Give unto the LORD the glory due His name. God’s name is equivalent to Him Himself. So this verse could be rewritten – “Give unto the LORD the glory due to who He is.” He is worthy all our highest praise and adoration. “Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”. Holiness is beautiful! Holiness is being like God, and God is beautiful, so by being like Him, we also appear and become beautiful.

3: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters”: God’s voice speaks over the waters of the earth, and by extension the world itself, God’s authority (voice) extends over the whole earth. God’s authority is not merely present over the waters of the earth, but God even thunders, strongly asserting His authority over the whole earth.

4. The voice of the LORD is powerful, and full of majesty; as you would expect of the voice of the great King! But where an earthly king exercises authority over human subjects, God’s authority extends also to the natural realm, breaking the cedars of Lebanon – in the Bible these “cedars of Lebanon” are themselves synonymous with strength, beauty and majesty.

5. God’s voice does not merely break these cedars, but He even splinters them

6. He makes them also skip like a calf – He causes an earthquake causing these cedars to seemingly “skip”, not only the cedars but also the whole regions of Lebanon and Sirion – where Sirion could be another name for Mount Hermon in the Middle East

7. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire – this could refer possibly to forest fires, or to tongues of lightning? This shows once again that authority of God is greater than that of any earthly king, as He has authority even over flames of fire. “Divides” – I believe that this word means that God orders around the flames, tells each one where to go. This is a little like when Jesus calmed the storm in several New Testament accounts, demonstrating His divine authority over another kind of natural occurrence.

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