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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 29

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: God Provides His Power in Nature (v 1-11)

Psalms 29 Commentary

(29:3) Crashing Thunder - When David compared the voice of God to crashing thunder, he was contrasting the true God with the false god Baal, who was known as a Canaanite storm god. When you hear thunder, remember that God rules over all creation. His voice has the power to strike fear into those who oppose him and to convey love to those who follow him.

(29:5-6) Cedars of Lebanon - The cedars of Lebanon were large trees that could grow to 120 feet tall and 30 feet in circumference. A voice that could break the cedars of Lebanon would be a truly powerful voice--the voice of God. Sirion is another name for Mount Hermon. Even the most impressive parts of nature are under God's complete control. 

(29:10-11) Power in Nature - Throughout history, God has revealed his power through mighty miracles over nature, such as the great Flood (Genesis 6-9). He promises to continue to reveal his power. The apostle Paul urged us to understand how great God's power is (Ephesians 1:19-23). The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to help us with our daily problems. When you feel weak and limited, don't despair. Remember that God can give you strength. The same power that controls creation and raises the dead is available to you.

Dave 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 Psalms 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 applying, we see how we can trust God to give us peace and strength to weather the storms in life. His Words of the Bible still 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 who 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, His spoken word knocked them to the ground. The same words of the Father spoke this world into existence. These same words are within your 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. 


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.