Psalm 29: 1-11…. The poet’s mind wanders!

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 splendour of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to his people!
May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Comment This poem is not written for humans! It is addressed to the beings of the unseen world which co-exist with us. It calls on them to be amazed at God’s power.

Poetry and prose are different. This poem is not a point argued out logically, rather it is a touch upon multiple things which seem to flash across David’s mind as he considers what he has just witnessed. He isn’t calling on the people in the nation of Israel or the audience in the synagogue to listen. He is calling on the ‘heavenly beings’ the angels, archangels, cherubim and seraphim and whoever, while unseen by us, are real, to be amazed at what God can do. And to me it sounds like a fantastic display of lightening and thunder, a huge storm. A storm powerful enough to bend over forests and shatter huge, strong and ancient trees, extending from Lebanon to the region of the mountains near Sinai. Stable nature is caused to sway and move at His mighty display, but in the meantime a doe can find a sheltered spot to deliver her newborn safely. What a mighty God! Please God, make Your people strong and know Your peace!

Prayer: Thank you for imagination, for displays of Your power, and Your Supremacy, O God.

One thought on “Psalm 29: 1-11…. The poet’s mind wanders!

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. This Psalm is a powerful reminder of God’s greatness and His mighty power, and the splendour of His works which we can only stand in awe of, and marvel at them. God bless you.


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