Summary: The Majestic Voice of God - Psalm 29 (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). God’s Powerful Voice (vs 1-2):

(2). God’s Power in Action (vs 3-9):

(3). God’s Power Enthroned (vs 10-11)



• An elderly gentlemen went in for his annual physical exam.

• The doctor said, "You're in incredible shape. How old are you again?"

• The man replied, "I am 84."

• The doctor exclaimed,

• "Wow, 84. How do you stay so healthy? You look like a 60 year old."

• So the man explained, "Well, my wife and I made a pact when we got married;

• That whenever she got mad she would go into the kitchen and cool off;

• And I would go outside and take a walk round the block!”

• So the doctor asked: "What does that have to do with it?"

• The man sighed, "Well, I guess I've lived an outdoor life."

• TRANSITION: David the writer of this Psalm;

• Was a man who “lived an outdoor life!"

• He was an outdoorsman who appreciated nature;

• And the open-air lifestyle he lived helped him to appreciate his creator.

• It may well be that David was out in the countryside;

• When he was caught up in a ferocious storm.


• Thunderstorms are among nature’s most awesome displays of his power.

• •Thunder is the sound caused by lightning.

• The intense heat from lightning causes the surrounding air to rapidly expand;

• And create a sonic wave that you hear as thunder.

• This huge electrical discharge which results in the fireworks display in the skies;

• Is spectacular and sometimes frightening.

• Many people suffer from ‘Astraphobia’ which is the fear of thunder and lightning.

• Notice that David’s thoughts did not turn to fear… but to faith.

• He looked beyond the thunderstorm and saw it as an illustration of God’s power.

(1). God’s Powerful Voice (vs 1-2):

“Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name;

worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness”.


• There is a great Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown says:

• "Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ’Where have I gone wrong?’

• Then a voice says to me, ’This is going to take more than one night.’"

• TRANSITION: In this psalm David talks about the voice of the Lord;

• In fact that phrase; “The voice of the Lord” occurs seven times;

• i.e. verse 3: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters”

• i.e. Twice in verse4: “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.”

• i.e. verse 5: “The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars”

• i.e. verse 7: “The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning”

• i.e. verse 8: “The voice of the LORD shakes the desert”

• i.e. verse 9: “The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare”

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