29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.
29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.
29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
29:7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
29:9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
- God is ruler over the Heavenly Beings (v 1-2): I believe is referring to the angels. He is first and foremost ruler over even the angels that reside with Him as high as the Heavens.
- God is ruler over the Forces of Nature: (v3-9): I believe the Bible uses nature to represent God’s power and strength. In these verses the Psalmist describes two landmarks that are deemed to be so great in appearance and yet God’s power is higher then even these impressive landmarks. The mountains and trees are merely representations of God’s power.
- God is ruler over Humanity (10-11): Here we see how God’s rule is over mankind and how the example of the flood that took place in the days of Noah represent God’s ultimate will being played out in our lives
I think this Psalm can ultimately bring comfort and peace to our hearts knowing that we serve a God who is powerful and in control over all that goes in this world. I believe that there are moments when we allow for life’s circumstances to blind our view of God and all that He is. If He is able to rule over nature and control the heavens, then how much more will He able to take care and handle all that goes in our lives? Let us always take the time to ultimately Praise God for all He is and will always be.
How mighty is the voice of the Lord? Mighty enough to break the strongest and most majestic trees in the lands. Both cedars and oak were known in Israel as being the prime wood. Even Solomon’s palace was build from the cedars of Lebanon. But the voice of the Lord can break them like tooth picks.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
But why is any of this important? It’s important because this is the same strength that the Lord uses to strengthen His people. The same strength that can mow down a forest of cedars is the strength that will hold you together when the whirlwinds of live come your way.