~ Psalm 29 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
~ Psalm 29 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
The Psalms are truly an indescribable ubiquitous marvelous collection of pithy sayings! This Psalm is an incredible Zion worship song written by David. He is steadfast in his devotion to the Lord and candidly shares his heartfelt emotions. David is a multi talented, gifted man who was anointed and appointed by God at an early age. We can learn a lot about life and living from his mistakes as a husband and father, as well as his splendid accomplishments and plethora of successes as a man of wisdom, who loved God and was one of the greatest kings to ever live!
Here in another of David’s prodigious, illustrative, amazing, profound Psalms we are able to experience the glory and strength of the Lord. We are given a glimpse of His immeasurable infinite power! God is truly worthy of our praise!
We can attribute the many natural wonders of nature displayed throughout the world to the Lord! The world’s natural landscape is full of picturesque examples of His miraculous handiwork! There is a melodious synchronized harmony that permeates God’s creation annually reflected in the year round seasons throughout the world. There is an endless diverse multiplicity of climates, vegetation of forests, plants, flower annuals and perennials that arduously and fragrantly adorn the earth! One only needs to look around to see the overabundance of examples in nature that prolifically state that God is!
It is thought by some expositors that this Psalm was scribed to remind us of the plenteous rainfall that took place during David’s time. There was a great famine and the Heavens were shut-up for three years. The magnificent miraculous strength and power of Lord God Jehovah is celebrated!
God created us for His glory! Today in this 21st century He still wants to become a part of all of our lives everyday! But He does not force His will or His way upon us. He is a Holy God and above Him there is no other. Whatever you may be experiencing in life it is nothing new to the Lord. I want to encourage you to spend some time in His Word! It is here you can ascertain the answers to life and living. God has created you with a specific purpose in mind. When we shift our focus to Him we can discover strength far beyond what we thought was ever possible. It is our choice to seek Him above all else.
David throughout the Psalm consistently encourages us to trust in God! Here in this 29th Psalm he describes a riotous, tumultuous storm that is entering on the coast of Lebanon and raging throughout the forests of Mt Heron. David observes this tumultuous turbulent storm as it sweeps across the nation on to Kadesh. Despite the disorderly storm he remains focused. He recognizes that the storm is merely a display of God’s tremendous power as well as His holiness. He worships the Lord amidst the storm and he speaks to his people about the Lord’s ability to give them peace. Although he too experienced personal struggles during his lifetime David was a man of great faith.
It is when the storms of life begin to rage we must learn to take cover under the shadow of the almighty! As we grow spiritually we learn the benefits of praising the Lord! The desire to do His will over our own will becomes stronger, as we yield our lives to Him. As we learn to surrender to the Lord and shift our focus upon Him rather than our problems or situation, we can experience His peace that surpasses the understanding of man. Always keep in mind that your victory is in your praise!
A thunder storm reveals to us the powerful magnitude of the boisterous crescendo in which the voice of the Lord can be expressed! It speaks vociferously as a reminder that He has complete control over the elements! Yet day to day He still gently continues to tap at the door of our hearts. We too often take for granted that the sun will come out each day or if in fact that there will even be a next day… The next time you encounter a violent, ferocious physical storm, shift your focus to God! Notice what begins to happen? Notice how the storm is not at all the work or orchestration on any human being. We have recently experienced many calamitous weather conditions that man has absolutely no control over. Have you ever seen anyone stop it from thundering, or the lightning from flashing? Notice how quickly in a storm whatever man has made just moves out of the way or is completely destroyed and reduced to nothing.
In the book of Ephesians we learn that God’s power works to transform us! We can be confident in the Lord! “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance for the saints, and His incomparably Great Power for us who believe! That power is liked the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the Heavenly realms, far above all rule or authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in this present age but also in the one to come..” Ephesians 1. This passage of Scripture affirms the depth of the Psalm. The Word of God is all true! When we truly believe we can become confident in the Word of God! Absolutely nothing compares to His endless immeasurable power!
The next time you encounter a storm try taking a few moments and whisper a prayer! Note how powerless you feel. Like David we too can find solace in the Lord as we welcome His presence! Begin to allow any anxiety or fear to gradually dissipate as you shift your focus. If you do not know the Lord it is never too late to start. He will not force His way into your life! He just gently knocks at the door of your heart; He waits patiently for all who are willing to receive Him! Please don’t just wait until the storm comes. Tomorrow is not promised, this makes right now; a very good time to begin to ascribe to the Lord… Spend some time in the Lord’s Word today. Set aside some time and start by pondering this Psalm. In Him you can find Peace for your journey and you will discover that truly The LORD is AWESOME!
Book of Praise Lesson Highlights
“A Psalm of David”
Theme: God reveals His great power in nature. We can trust God to give us
both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life.
David begins this Psalm expressing his glorious, expansive, gregarious adoration for the Lord! He encourages us to honor the Lord in our worship. God is a Holy God! We can find comfort, refuge and strength in Him at anytime as well in our time of need. There is a distinct matchless unique difference that is experienced in His presence! “Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”
God speaks to us in many ways. We can hear Him in the thunder because we recognize that the volume of the heavens has become noticeable evident. It is apparent to us that thunder is a natural phenomenon that makes the skies rumble with a clamorous noise! Here we learn that the glory of God is at times expressed within thunder. Many are afraid when a thunderstorm arises. Quite often out of the blue or darkened sky all of a sudden lightning rays of atmospheric electricity abruptly discharges and sporadically flashes across the expansive heavens out of nowhere. “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.”
Lebanon is infamous for its grand magnificent trees! It is a city off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The cedars there rapidly grow easily up to 120 feet and can have a circumference of 30 feet or more! No doubt it would take something as powerful as the voice of the Lord to instantaneously shatter a gigantic cedar. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox."
God has many ways to speak to us. It is through nature and the elements that He speaks to us daily throughout the world. When He wants to get our attention He can! Here within this 29th Psalm we find that the voice of the Lord is so powerful that the desert shakes vehemently. If He can cause a great flood to destroy the entire world certainly He can also uproot a forest whenever or if He so desires. No doubt in a matter of seconds He can uproot even an aged mighty Oak tree from the earth or just gently shake the ground beneath you. If you have ever experienced a potent ferocious earthquake you know that it only takes a few moments for any and everything to be reduced to nothing… God has a way of instantaneously getting our attention and reminding us that He is God! We however must learn to listen then recognize and honor Him for who He is!
God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead can make the impossible possible! We are to be sincere when or wherever we worship Him! God so richly deserves the glory! Yet He allows us all the freedom to choose who, what and how we worship… His Word teaches us that in order to truly worship God; “The true worshippers, will worship the Father in the Spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks!” John 4. Know that it is only through Him we can receive His sustaining peace which surpasses the understanding of man… “The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; The Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forest bare. And in His temple all cry, “GLORY!”
This Psalm concludes by saying: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with PEACE.”
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