Monday, December 27, 2010

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, 

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; 

worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; 

the God of glory thunders,

 the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. 

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;

 the voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; 

the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, 

Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD strikes 

with flashes of lightning. 

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; 

the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks

and strips the forests bare. 
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; 
 the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 

11 The LORD gives strength to his people; 
 the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Questions to consider:
  • Rephrase verses 1 and 2 so that they constitute a definition of worship.
  • Trace the course of the storm. What qualities of God are revealed in the storm and its aftermath?
  • Recreate imaginatively the whole picture presented in this psalm.
  • How does this psalm help you to ascribe glory and strength to the Lord?
  • How would you entitle this psalm?

Possibilities for prayer:

As you hopefully noticed, this psalm seems to be attributing good things to God in the midst of a storm. Maybe it feels as though you are enduring a storm yourself, whether it be related to the actual weather outside or your emotional state inside! Today, declare the Lord’s goodness in the midst of hard times; proclaim his strength and victory over the storms in your life.