Commentary for Psalms 29

Exhortation to give glory to God.

- The mighty and honourable of the earth are especially bound to honour and worship him; but, alas, few attempt to worship him in the beauty of holiness. When we come before him as the Redeemer of sinners, in repentance faith, and love, he will accept our defective services, pardon the sin that cleaves to them, and approve of that measure of holiness which the Holy Spirit enables us to exercise. We have here the nature of religious worship; it is giving to the Lord the glory due to his name. We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to his will and glory. There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship. The psalmist here sets forth God's dominion in the kingdom of nature. In the thunder, and lightning, and storm, we may see and hear his glory. Let our hearts be thereby filled with great, and high, and honourable thoughts of God, in the holy adoring of whom, the power of godliness so much consists. O Lord our God, thou art very great! The power of the lightning equals the terror of the thunder. The fear caused by these effects of the Divine power, should remind us of the mighty power of God, of man's weakness, and of the defenceless and desperate condition of the wicked in the day of judgment. But the effects of the Divine word upon the souls of men, under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than those of thunder storms in the nature world. Thereby the stoutest are made to tremble, the proudest are cast down, the secrets of the heart are brought to light, sinners are converted, the savage, sensual, and unclean, become harmless, gentle, and pure. If we have heard God's voice, and have fled for refuge to the hope set before us, let us remember that children need not fear their Father's voice, when he speaks in anger to his enemies. While those tremble who are without shelter, let those who abide in his appointed refuge bless him for their security, looking forward to the day of judgment without dismay, safe as Noah in the ark.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 29

  • Ijeoma Okonkwo on Psalms 29
    I saw in my life and family, how the voice of God thundered over the voice of satan in delivering my husband from death. glory be to the Lord in the highest.
  • Vanessa on Psalms 29
    when the storm hits we in Christ have no fear, we hear his voice amongst the noise, but those apart from him should take heed, for they do not understand what he is speaking, they worship nature and all other things, but give God no glory, they praise him for nothing
  • Kathy on Psalms 29
    I believe it shows Gods power , and the beauty of the Lord , also seen in nature , showing proof of His greatness.
  • Mark Verrell on Psalms 29
    Honestly i don't understand i am having a problem visualizing vs 5,6 god is saying he makes the cedars of lebonon to skip like. a calf also he says that about mountains in other parts of his word.what is god saying and doing when he makes his mountains and trees spring like calfs , goats honestly i am confused.will someone please comment thank you
  • Vanessa - in Reply on Psalms 29
    the tree is strong and high above all others , it is speaking of the proud and boastful sinners like look at me I am so great, that they will be brought low by the voice of the Lord verse 6 I am still trying to study, the lightening makes them bound like antelope upon the mountains
  • Christy - in Reply on Psalms 29
    The Psalms use poetic language. Calves jump and play, happy to be alive. Mountains, hills and trees sway with the wind, much like the calves playing. It shows all of God's creation praising Him and lifting the spirit of man with the 'awe' of God's handy work. We should learn to be happy to be alive and look for the good in this life. The poetry of the Bible is the finest available to us.
  • Ruben Hartness - in Reply on Psalms 29
    Amen Christy!!!
  • Chris Powell on Psalms 29
    The Lord, that s all we need to know. He has the whole world in his hand. Praise be to God for being The Lord of this crazy world. Thank God he can handle this world cause man surely can t do anything without him our creator!
  • Janiebird on Psalms 29
    I love all of the Psalms. When i read them i feel closer to my Lord God Almighty ! 💝🐦💝
  • Mild Bill on Psalms 29
    Servant,God has written that his "word" is a two-edged sword,not his voice.Repent involves more than God's existence, but also the sinner's condition before God.God in his mercy withholds immediate judgement of sin.Only God knows who is reprobate.The Holy Spirit is in this world,therefore, full of evil, is extreme.While we see many without fruit of God, we are often blind to God working in them.


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