Eighteen times in the eleven verses of Psalm 29 God is called “Lord”. God is Lord of heaven and earth whether we call Him Lord once, eighteen times, or not at all. David’s repeated use of the word Lord in this psalm shows us His position of worship and trust in an Almighty God who was in charge of everything. Some of David’s other psalms displayed his fear, worry, and turmoil. This is a psalm of worship that displays the power of the Lord and David’s trust in Him. In verses 1-2, the angels (heavenly beings, mighty ones) are commanded to ascribe honor and worth to the Lord because of His glory, strength, name, splendor, and holiness. The Lord Almighty rules over all creation, even the angels. If angels are subject to the Lord, so are demons (fallen angels). We must remember in spiritual warfare we fight from a position of victory, not for victory. The Lord has already won the battle through His death and resurrection.
In verses 3-9 we see a storm brewing that displays the power of the Lord through His Mighty voice. The path of the storm moves from the Mediterranean Sea (v. 3), spreads to the mountains of Lebanon (v. 5), continues to Mount Hermon (v. 7), into the wilderness of Kadesh (v. 8). He is Lord everywhere! How can anyone miss His vast power? Look closely at those verses and you will notice that it is the Lord’s voice (mentioned 7 times) that is louder than the sea, more booming than thunder, and more moving than any earthquake! It is His voice that splits the mighty cedar trees, not lightning. It is powerful, and majestic (v. 4)! God’s majesty and power overshadow His creation, making the mountain ranges look like baby animals (v. 6)! God’s display of splendor is evidence He is Lord over any of David’s enemies. To all this, all of heaven shouts “GLORY” (v. 9)! No floodwater rises above Him as He “reigns as King forever” (v. 10)! The marvelous storm and voice of the Lord bring peace. From the Almighty flows strength to bless His people (v. 11).
- Does your life sometimes display that other things, situations, or people are more powerful than the Lord?
- Do the storms of your life overshadow the voice of the Lord who is over the elements of the storm?
- Do you need the peace and strength from the Lord today?