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Psalm 29

15/07/2016

I am having quite an experience sitting in our ranchito (small covered patio) studying Psalm 29.  I challenged a group of friends this morning to spend their prayer and devotion time this weekend to NOT asking for blessing from the LORD but rather to offer praises to the LORD only.

While the Scripture encourages us to ask of the LORD for ourselves and others, it also teaches us to PRAISE the LORD.  So here I am reading and studying Psalm 29 (ASV ).

Psa 29:1  A Psalm of David. Ascribe unto Jehovah, O ye sons of the mighty, Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength.

Psa 29:2  Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name; Worship Jehovah in holy array.

Psa 29:3  The voice of Jehovah is upon the waters: The God of glory thundereth, Even Jehovah upon many waters.

Psa 29:4  The voice of Jehovah is powerful; The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty.

Psa 29:5  The voice of Jehovah breaketh the cedars; Yea, Jehovah breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

Psa 29:6  He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

Psa 29:7  The voice of Jehovah cleaveth the flames of fire.

Psa 29:8  The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness; Jehovah shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

Psa 29:9  The voice of Jehovah maketh the hinds to calve, And strippeth the forests bare: And in his temple everything saith, Glory.

Psa 29:10  Jehovah sat as King at the Flood; Yea, Jehovah sitteth as King for ever.

Psa 29:11  Jehovah will give strength unto his people; Jehovah will bless his people with peace.

 

Verses 1-2… Ascribe (Give, attribute) is a command to ‘sons of the mighty’ those who have royal blood in their veins.  Those who are used to being given glory and honor are to GIVE unto the LORD/JEHOVAH.  David uses the term for God that his country men believed so holy they would not allow it to cross their lips.  One sees this honor today in Jewish writings in the word G_d.   Was David seeing ill-discipline in his sons?  Did he see his boys receiving glory that was not theirs to hold on to?  Give glory to G_d that is due Him.  This is true worship.  In our era we count all things as worship, music, preaching, good works, sweeping the fellowship hall after a meal or youth fellowship.  OK, maybe?  Maybe not!

Do I ever take time to glorify Him and Him alone?  Do I ever take His glory?  Maybe there is a blessing in trying to see G_d with this kind of respect, a name so HOLY that one such as me cannot speak it.  In the verses 3-9 the clause the ‘voice of Jehovah’ is used 7 times.  One of the Jewish commentators believes David uses this as a reference to THUNDER.  Now go back and read those verses putting thunder in place of the clause!  As I write this, a large storm is forming to the south.   It has been moving closer for the last 30 minutes. The wind moves the leaves covering the ranchito and the trees.  Lightening (v7 flames of fire) is visible.  POWER in the lightening and in the thunder, the very floor under my feet shakes….   How can the Christian not think of the glory of the LORD?  There is judgement and destruction in those 7 verses.  There is power.  There is majesty.

In the pasture below my mother’s house stood a gnarly deformed barely alive locust tree.  Cousins, Jimmy Ray and David Fitzwater, and I would run to it in a storm.  We stood in the hollow place in the trunk.  Our adolescent clueless selves could stay out of the rain and laugh and listen to the thunder.  It sounded like the inside of a drum.  Grandma asked one time where we went to stay so dry.  We told her.  The next time I came to the farm that tree was gone.  That tree had been struck by lightning on many occasions.  Grandad thought if lightning strikes there, that would be good – less likely to strike home or barn.  Grandma’s mind went to dead grandson – ‘tree goes Buddy!’  There is power in the words of a grandmother.  There is power in the “voice of the LORD”.  Power to create, “the hinds to calve”.  Power to destroy – “breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon”.

Finally the last two verses.  While judgement may come to the earth there is comfort for G_d’s people.  The “I AM that I AM” Jehovah, sat over the Flood in this case most likely all waters in the heavens not a reference to Noah’s Flood and gives strength to His people and will bless us with peace.  With all that is happening in the world, I take comfort in David’s words.  Believing those words came straight from G_d I choose to praise Him while the ranchito shakes under to power of His Voice.  Well, actually like a chicken I am beating feet for inside!

In Christ,

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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