Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness
The voice of the Lord is over the water; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over mighty waters
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; The Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox
The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lighting
The voice of the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry. “Glory”
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.


The Easy English Bible Commentary says this on Psalm 29 (found here):
“David saw a great storm. Perhaps he was hiding from it. He saw the rain and heard the wind. He saw the lightning (fire in the sky) and heard the thunder (noise in the sky). The storm came from the Mediterranean Sea to the mountains of Lebanon. It went from there to Sirion, then down the river Jordan to Kadesh.”
“The great storm made David think about God. He wrote Psalm 29 in 3 parts:
  1. Psalm 29:1-2: David tells everyone in heaven to say that God is very great 73
  2. Psalm 29:3-9: David describes the storm with the thunder as the voice of God
  3. Psalm 29:10-11: David says that the people of the LORD will be safe even in a great storm”

During my rebellious years in college, I left the church and made the decision to do things my own way. I stopped attending church and began drinking daily. In the midst of pursuing my own path the God was there protecting and keeping me safe.  
We’ve all been through storms. COVID-19 may be your current personal storm. Perhaps this quarantine is bringing to the surface undealt with pre-existing “storms” to your attention. Your storm may be homeschooling, navigating through loneliness, job loss, uncertainty, frustration, etc. If you have and or are facing literal or figurative “storms,” this Psalm is for you today.

Prayer and Action Steps:
  1. Can you identify previous storms in your life where God has kept you safe? 
  2. Verses 3-9 describe the storm’s thunder to be the “voice of God." Can you identify the “thunder” of God’s voice in your life? If so, what has He been saying to you to grab your attention?  
  3. Ask God to give you peace and new perspective.

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Susan Chipps - April 29th, 2020 at 9:10am

Today's devotional underscores the need to talk to God about the storm(s) we are currently going through. Unless we bring it to the light and to the attention of our loving Heavenly Father, who cares so much for us, how can He help us navigate our "boat" through these trying times?

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