Psalm 29 (May 9, 2011)

[1] Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength [2] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. [3] The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. [4] The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. [5] The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. [6] He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. [7] The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. [8] The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. [9] The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” [10] The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. [11] May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! (Psalm 29 ESV)

God’s Glory

The Year of Hope has been an interesting journey. We have seen in our time in the Psalms this year that God offers hope to us according to the Scriptures. We see in the Bible that God brings hope to his people by rescuing them from bondage, by his patience with their disobedience in the wilderness, by his pursuit of them as they worshipped and served other Gods, by his great love ultimately demonstrated in sending Jesus as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin, and by his sending the Holy Spirit to regenerate, baptize, seal and sanctify his people. The Bible is full of hope, and the center of our hope is not what God does, but who God is. Psalm 29 is a vertical extolling of the power, majesty and glory of God. We are examining this Psalm this week because we know that a right view of God is always the starting point to a right view of everything else. Do you want hope? Then look to the glory of God and you will find it there, blazing as bright as the noonday sun.

“Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It is my attempt at a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead that we will engage in this week.

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