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Psalm 29 ~ The Voice

on July 17, 2014

I use this psalm to pray for our church on a regular basis, and I’m really excited to share it on the blog today!  If you are longing for peace and strength, then I encourage you to let the voice of the Lord influence your life!

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness!

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. The cedars of Lebanon are a symbol of pride.  This wood was used to build palaces and military ships.  The cedars of Lebanon represent comfort, and power, a false sense of security and protection.  The Lord is bigger!  He breaks the things in which we put so much pride–he things in which we think we can make our own comfort and security.

He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.  Following the voice of God gives us a joyful, free spirit.  Even big things–like mountains–feel light!

The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.  His voice has the power to purify us, to clean out the underbrush that prohibits healthy growth, or to burn away the imperfections so that we can better reflect His holiness.

The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The wilderness of Kadesh is where the Israelites wandered because of their grumbling and complaining.  It is also where they sent the spies into Canaan to see what the Promised Land was like.  It represents places of wandering and doubt in our lives.  The voice of the LORD has the power to shake us up–to blast apart the wilderness!

The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth God’s voice is the source of new life!  Behold He is making all things new!  In Him we are a new creation!

And strips the forests bare,  He clears away all obstacles and distractions that keep us from seeing His glory!

And in His temple all cry, “Glory!” This is a suitable response to experiencing the presence of the LORD, to seeing His holiness and strength.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.  May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless His people with peace!  As King, He has authority over judgment and disaster.  He also has the ability to give peace.  He is always ruling and reigning.  We can trust His voice.  We can find great freedom in listening to His voice.

Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness!

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