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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 29

xhortation to give glory to God.

- The mighty and honourable of the earth are especially bound to honour and worship him; but, alas, few attempt to worship him in the beauty of holiness. When we come before him as the Redeemer of sinners, in repentance faith, and love, he will accept our defective services, pardon the sin that cleaves to them, and approve of that measure of holiness which the Holy Spirit enables us to exercise. We have here the nature of religious worship; it is giving to the Lord the glory due to his name. We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to his will and glory. There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship. The psalmist here sets forth God's dominion in the kingdom of nature. In the thunder, and lightning, and storm, we may see and hear his glory. Let our hearts be thereby filled with great, and high, and honourable thoughts of God, in the holy adoring of whom, the power of godliness so much consists. O Lord our God, thou art very great! The power of the lightning equals the terror of the thunder. The fear caused by these effects of the Divine power, should remind us of the mighty power of God, of man's weakness, and of the defenceless and desperate condition of the wicked in the day of judgment. But the effects of the Divine word upon the souls of men, under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than those of thunder storms in the nature world. Thereby the stoutest are made to tremble, the proudest are cast down, the secrets of the heart are brought to light, sinners are converted, the savage, sensual, and unclean, become harmless, gentle, and pure. If we have heard God's voice, and have fled for refuge to the hope set before us, let us remember that children need not fear their Father's voice, when he speaks in anger to his enemies. While those tremble who are without shelter, let those who abide in his appointed refuge bless him for their security, looking forward to the day of judgment without dismay, safe as Noah in the ark.



David Burnette's Life Application

Power in the Word of God



Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 29. In our text today we see a theme of how God reveals his great power in nature as David proclaims the power in the Words of God. In making application we see how we can trust God to give us both peace and strength to weather the storms in life. It is still His Words of the Bible that give us Power in our lives. Power to Save, Provide, Rebuke, Forgive, and Comfort. Words that have power over all - all nature, persons, and principalities that would choose to stand against Him. Those that would attempt to hinder us to do the Lord's Will. Even when the Pharisees and Soldiers came to get Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane it was His spoken word knocked them to the ground. The same words of the Father spoke this world into existence. These same Words are within you grasp in our Bible. How about you? Do you still believe in the power of the Word of God? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that there is Power in God's Word - and that Power is available to work in our lives today as we do His Will.    

 

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Psalm 29

Psalm 29

 1Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

 2Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

 4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

 5The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

 6He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

 7The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

 8The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

 9The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

 10The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.

 11The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.