Psalm 29:1-2, 10-11
1Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
11May the LORD gives strength to his people!
May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Psalm 29 is a call for all the created order to worship the One Great God who is. It resounds with testimonies to the power of God in nature (verses 3-9). The voice of God, it tells us, does marvelous things. When God speaks, trees break, whole geographic areas are sent into chaos and flames of fire engulf the land. It is because God speaks that the “natural” events such as animals giving birth and leaves falling take place. All of nature is under the intricate sovereignty of God.
Psalm 29 is a grand testimony of a grander God. The great thing for us who are mortal and struggle through this life in weakness and ignorance, is the last verse. After poetically proclaiming the unsurpassable power of God in nature, the Psalm ends with this:
Psalm 29:11 (ESV)
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
What a great thing this is for the faithful. God, who speaks animals into birth (v. 9) is the one in whom we are permitted, commanded, encouraged to find our strength. God uses His strength for the good of His people. There can be nothing more peace giving, comforting, emboldening, soul stirring, liberating … than that.
This is the story of the cross. God, in Christ uses His power to redeem us from sin, death, hell. O Lord, thank you for what you have done, what you do and what you promise to do for those you have won from death with your great power and love. Thank you for the cross of Jesus Christ.