AI::ON Psalm 29
Psalm 29 is an incredibly powerful chapter from the book of Psalms. It is a plea to God for protection and deliverance, and it also serves as a reminder that God’s power is unmatched. Here, we’ll take a closer look at this powerful psalm, exploring its meaning and how it applies to our lives today.
The Opening Words of Psalm 29
Psalm 29 begins with these words: “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.” This is a call for all of creation—heavenly beings included—to recognize the power of God and ascribe glory and strength to Him. The psalmist then goes on to describe why such recognition is so important. He writes that God “gives strength to his people; he blesses his people with peace.” This speaks directly to us today, reminding us that when we turn our troubles over to God, He will give us peace in return.
The Voice of Thunder
The middle verses of Psalm 29 are some of the most well-known passages in all of scripture. Here, the psalmist describes how powerful and majestic God’s voice can be: “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon… The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning… The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…” These words serve as a vivid reminder that no one—not even nature itself—can stand in opposition against God’s might.
A Plea for Protection
The psalmist ends by once again calling out for protection from God: “Oh give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” By asking for guidance and protection from Almighty God, we are reminded that He alone has power over life and death. To trust in His mercy means recognizing His sovereignty over all things—even those things which seem beyond our control.
When read in full, Psalm 29 paints an awe-inspiring picture of who God is and how His power stands above all else. We can take comfort knowing that no matter what life throws our way, if we turn it over to Him He will always provide us with strength, peace, guidance, mercy—everything we need to make it through any trial or tribulation. For reformed christians everywhere looking for assurance during difficult times, there may be no better place to look than this beautiful chapter from scripture.