Summary: Exposition of Ps 29 about how David views God's power as a storm
Text: Psalm 29:1-11, Title: The Thunder Rolls, Date/Place: NRBC, 12/5/10, AM
A. Opening illustration: video ill, what words would you use to describe that? Story about the commentator’s son who did a back flip while watching the storm after a close bolt and a loud peel of thunder.
B. Background to passage: in Ps 27, David asks for an answer. In 28, he pleads that God not be silent. And here in 29, God relinquishes silence, answers, but not in a still small voice, but in tree-splitting power. “These verses march to the tune of thunderbolts.” -Boice
C. Main thought: God’s presence and voice explode our highest thoughts of His power and command awe!
A. Acknowledge His Worth (v. 1-2)
1. David calls on the heavenly beings (angels and possibly fallen angels, other gods) to acknowledge that there is a greater power and presence than themselves. One upon whom they and the rest of creation owe its existence. The word used here is “ascribe” and it means to give, but more to proclaim the glories, excellencies, and perfections of God. This is not the giving as though God lacked anything, for He doesn’t; but a giving that declares what He already is. And David knows that when we see Him, “the beauty of holiness” we will worship (Hebrew word means to bow down in prostration and submission), because His stunning, overwhelming splendor will compel it.
2. Rev 5:9, 12, Matt 13:44-46
3. Illustration: the man who described his car to the therapist, and was asked if he felt guilty, I asked an elderly woman once, “If I go to church and the preacher says nothing worth hearing, is it any use for me to go?” “Of course not,” she replied curtly. But a young man overhearing our conversation intruded, “I don’t see why a man, when he goes to church to worship God, would let a preacher butt in on his worship!” the story behind The Heart of Worship,
4. Just as much or more so, you and I are called to worship God by ascribing to Him all His beauties. You are worshippers. You were made for this. You were made to sense God, to find your joy in Him, to raise your hands in glorious voluntary love and devotional overflow making much of His great name! This is one of the reasons that hymns are so important—choruses tend to reflect our inner desires and feelings of longing for God, prayers to be answered, need for His presence, but the old hymns do a spectacular job of what David is calling us to do. Important: love the hymns, not simply for sentimentality’s sake, but for their declaration and worship of God. Worship is not about getting (ex: I didn’t get anything out of the service today), but it is about giving. We give him our praise, declaring His glory. We get knowledge, encouragement, etc from the teaching, reading, studying, but the result/goal is always worship. The goal of every sermon, every offering, every video, and every song is worship in your hearts pouring forth from your lips declaring among the people His very being.