A Devotional Thought on Psalm 29
The power and glory of the LORD are in view in this psalm. David uses nature imagery to make his point, comparing the LORD’s voice to lightning that breaks cedar trees and to wind that twists oaks and strips forests. David sees nature’s awesome displays and sees that God is active in all of it. Most comforting and profound, however, are the closing verses: The LORD, as King forever over all, uses his awesome power to strengthen his people and bless them with peace. Truly our God is great!
A psalm of David.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion[b] like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c]
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:2 Or Lord with the splendor of
Psalm 29:6 That is, Mount Hermon
Psalm 29:9 Or Lord makes the deer give birth
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