Summary: Sermonette on Psalm 29, showing the LORD as amazingly powerful and creative.
The LORD, the King of Creation and Natural Wonders
Text: Psalm 29
A PSALM OF DAVID.
1 Ascribe to the LORD, O 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 holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, 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; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth 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 all cry, "Glory!"
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
I. 1-2: Worship the LORD -- Addressed to angels (Heavenly Beings)
II. 3-9: The voice of the LORD
III. 10-11: The LORD is King, and a closing blessing for strength and peace
On earth, there is natural beauty:
- Natural Wonders such as waterfalls -- you go to see the majesty and beauty of creation.
- Desert - you see ultimate dryness and heat, yet wonderful sand formations and land layouts.
- Rainforest - you see the pinnacle of the diversity of life
All these things were created by God's Words and Handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
In Psalm 29, though, the Psalmist was very likely seeing the frightening wonder of a thunderstorm, metaphorically seeing God's power and voice in the midst of rain and lightning.
1-2: Imperatives to Angels to Praise the LORD
Worship the LORD -- Addressed to angels (Heavenly Beings)
They are to praise the LORD with the following:
Glory and strength
Glory due His Name
Worship Him (bow yourselves to Him) with the adornment of holiness
3-9: The Power of the Voice of the LORD
The Psalmist (David) likely was in the midst of a lightning storm or recalled the heavy thunder & lightning in a powerful storm. Some of his observations:
3 The voice of the LORD is more powerful than the roaring of waters (see also Psalm 93)
4 His voice is powerful and majestic
5 It even breaks through trees!
6 Continuation of 5 -- Mountains as a symbol of strength -- the LORD's Power makes the mountains' strength seem like a joke!
Mountains seem very firmly rooted in the ground! Yet the LORD's power belittles the strength symbol of a mountain.
7 Flames of fire - A lightning bolt can singe a tree or even start a fire.
8 Shakes the wilderness - The crashing sound of a lightning bolt is LOUD. If you've ever been near a lightning bolt strike, it's often very sobering.