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Psalm 29

The Seven Thunders of God!

This song is a climactic progressive parallelism in mechanics – where the first line is repeated and expanded each time in order to complete the thought.

This song is themed by David as God and His attributes being seen in an approaching thunderstorm.

The development of the song flows from the prelude (vs. 1-2); to a description of the thunderstorm (vs. 3-9); and finally in the conclusions of the postlude (vs. 10-11).

The name of Jehovah appears 18 times in the song (Lord in the English), demanding that we focus our attention to Him in all the language used.

Prelude:

Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

David begins the song by demanding that all the earth be in-tune to the majesty of God (see: Psalms 96:7 “families of peoples”); especially those who are of noble minds (“Mighty ones”; the self-elevated in worldly knowledge, nobility, and authority who commonly think they are above God – see: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

David can clearly see God in the coming storm and demands that all men use this same comprehension from nature to see that attributes of God – See: Acts 17:24-29; Romans 1:18-24 (as Paul made similar recognitions from nature to draw attention to the ability to recognize that which is Greater than ourselves).  

The Thunderstorm:

The voice of the Lord is over 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 full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the 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 everyone says, “Glory!”

As David develops the concept of God in the thunderstorm moving in off the Mediterranean Sea, he shares with us metaphorically, the voice of the Lord as clasps of thunder, seven times:

1.      The voice of the Lord is over the waters – vs.3.

2.      The voice of the Lord is powerful – vs.4.

3.      The voice of the Lord is full of majesty – vs. 4.

4.      The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars – vs. 5-6; inferring lightning accompanying the thunder. Sirion is the Sidonian name for Mt. Hermon and the lightning is making the mountains bound like gazelles.

5.      The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire – vs.7; post the lightning strikes.

6.      The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness – vs. 8.

7.      The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth – vs.9; God’s power is evident in the sudden birth of new life!

 

As with many storms, there are far more than seven clasps of thunder, but David uses seven as a development of the “complete” majesty of God (as it is often used in this way throughout scripture), as well as explaining His providence in all the world.

We additionally live in a sophisticated age that thinks it knows all there is to know about thunderstorms and would doubtlessly see this as unscientific; however, what David is sharing is not meant to be scientific, but is meant to share the real truth where science leaves off!

 

Postlude:

The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

In the conclusion, for those who can see God in the power and beauty of nature, David reveals that through revelation this demonstrates that we should also know He is the Judge and Savior of men; as in the days of Noah!

As many of us who believe in God and have seen His majesty in a beautiful sunset, in the view from the rim of the Grand Canyon, in the birth of a baby, or in any other marvel of nature; we should appreciate God’s revelation of judgment and salvation even more!

1 Peter 3:18-22For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.”