Summary: A study in Psalm 29: 1 - 11
Psalm 29: 1 – 11
A Psalm of David.
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. 8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” 10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, and the LORD sits as King forever. 11 The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
In the second letter to the disciple Titus Paul wrote in chapter 2 verse 15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
To be honored by our Holy God to share His Amazing Word a teacher needs to do his homework. You need to study the passage by reviewing various sources of valuable truths. One major source often overlooked are the great brothers who came before us who our Lord used to impact their generation.
In today’s scripture we see the Psalmist give great praise and acknowledgement to our Omnipotent Holy Ruler God. His powerful voice does amazing things. He says something and gets immediate results.
We are spoiled to a large degree because of the modern aids available to us. For example, we have sound systems that help us get our teaching to large audiences. In the old days as you know they relied on The Precious Holy Spirit to get their message to their listeners. One man stands out in how his voice our Lord gave power to that it had a significant impact in one of our early country fathers’ – Ben Franklin. This anointed man by our Holy Father God was George Whitefield
Beginning in 1740, George Whitefield preached seven times in America, to crowds sometimes over 25,000. He spread the Great Awakening Revival, which helped unite the Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War.
Ben Franklin wrote in his “Autobiography” that George Whitefield’s voice could be heard almost a mile away: “He preached one evening from the top of the Court-house steps. … Streets were filled with his hearers. … I had the curiosity to learn how far he could be heard by retiring backwards down the street … and found his voice distinct till I came near Front-street.”
Ben Franklin continued his description of evangelist George Whitefield: “Multitudes of all denominations attended his sermons. … It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk through’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”
Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards, wrote to her brother in New Haven concerning the effects George Whitefield’s ministry: “It is wonderful to see what a spell he casts over an audience by proclaiming the simplest truths of the Bible. Our mechanics shut up their shops, and the day laborers throw down their tools to go and hear him preach, and few returns unaffected.”
George Whitefield had attended Oxford with John and Charles Wesley, who began the Methodist movement. In 1733, when he was converted, George Whitefield exclaimed: “Joy – joy unspeakable – joy that’s full of, big with glory!”
When Whitefield confronted the established churches, doors were closed to him, so he resorted to preaching out-of-doors. Crowds grew so large that no church could hold the number of people.
Ben Franklin helped finance the building of an auditorium in Philadelphia for Whitefield to preach in, which was latter donated as the first building of the University of Pennsylvania. A bronze statue of George Whitefield is on the University’s campus.
The Great Awakening Revival resulted in the founding of Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers and Columbia Universities.
Franklin printed Whitefield’s journal and sermons. Being postmaster in Philadelphia, Franklin helped spread Whitefield’s his sermons through colonial American.
In one sermon, George Whitefield proclaimed: “Never rest until you can say, ‘the Lord our righteousness.’ Who knows but the Lord may have mercy, nay, abundantly pardon you? Beg of God to give you faith; and if the Lord give you that, you will by it receive Christ, with his righteousness, and his all. … None, none can tell, but those happy souls who have experienced it with what demonstration of the Spirit this conviction comes. …”