A Spring Storm and the LORD’s Peace

by Impact Church

Psalm 29

1 A Psalm of David.

Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in holy array.

3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful,
The voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD hews out 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 to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

10 The LORD sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
11 The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace

This Psalm of David is divided in to three scenes, the first one is in the heavens. The translation, “O sons of the mighty” refers to angelic beings in the original language. David calls for the angels to worship the LORD in His heavenly splendor.

The second scene is a panoramic scene of the geography of David’s life. He lists the “voice of the LORD” seven times, representing the Divine and challenging the pagan cultic worship of nature, and that voice is moving across the terrain with a powerful sound. In verse 3, pictured as a thunder storm, “the voice of the LORD” begins over the Mediterranean Sea and then moves inland by verse 5. Once over the land, the trees and lands are affected by the power of the LORD’s storm. By verse 7, the lightning has struck and the resultant thunder (8) rattles through the open country areas. Lastly, the animals are impacted by the power of the “voice of the LORD” (9). At the end of the weather narrative, David takes us back to the Temple of the LORD and everything calls out “Glory!”

David has watched a storm pass from the sea over land and he has seen and heard the glorious and powerful display of the forces, some of them destructive, of nature. In verse 10, David calls the LORD, “King”, the King at the flood – the scene of judgment – and King forever, indicating that He is in control beyond the storm. Behind those meteorological forces, David sees the LORD and turns the storm into a song of praise.

The last scene in this Psalm is one focused on the people of the LORD. From heaven, the LORD moves through an earthly storm and solicits praise from David. In the awe-inspiring sweep, David recalls that all of that power and overwhelming force is much different for His people. The all-powerful LORD will turn to His people and give them strength and peace. In the midst of the storm, God’s people know His strength and peace.

Our God, Who the angels worship in holy array, Who pours out His powerful provision across the face of the earth, is Who brings all the attention of heaven and the forces of nature gives an enduring strength and an everlasting peace. We can be calm in the midst of the storm.

Is it any wonder why Jesus used the storm on the Sea of Galilee to teach His frightened disciples to have faith?