Psalm 29 puts the Lord where He belongs, in a place of glory and strength. David calls us to give the Lord the glory and worship due Him. “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness”. David not only wants the people to praise God for who he is, he also knows the angels in heaven are doing the same. Our eyes should be on Him, not on ourselves or the things of this world. God alone is worthy of our honor and praise.
We are to humbly give Him the glory as we worship His splendor. It is all about God being God and us knowing where we fit in the equation. David reminds us of the power of the voice of the Lord. We know from back in Genesis that God spoke the world into existence. His voice is almighty and all powerful. This chapter refers to a number of things the Lord’s voice can do – showing us the strength and authority of His spoken word. The voice of the Lord is:
- “over the waters
- full of majesty
- breaks the cedars
- flashes forth flames of fire
- shakes the wilderness
- makes the deer give birth”
The Lord has power over all things. He doesn’t have pockets of power, He is all powerful. And His voice is all it takes to change the course of history. Part of the description here is around nature and the power of storms. Scientists calculate that a typical thunderstorm (not even the kind of great or major storm described here by David) releases around 10,000,000 kilowatt-hours of energy – the equivalent of a 20-kiloton nuclear warhead. Storms still are examples of the massive power of God. Wonder if God has power – just watch the weather channel and marvel at the power of the storms. He is far more powerful than any storm.
But the real beauty of this Psalm is the truth that “the Lord sits enthroned as king forever”. This isn’t a short term gig. God will be sitting on His throne for eternity. Remember the flood in Noah’s day? That was the result of God’s authority, but it certainly didn’t end it. God showed Himself to be King and judge over all mankind then, and remains so today and into eternity. The good news is that He wants to give us strength and blessing. He wants us to walk with Him during storms and hard times so He can be our rock and our salvation!