Thursday, 28 November 2013

Psalm 29 - The Righteous One's adoration of the God of Glory, in the Day of His storm.

Our attention is called seven times to the "voice of Jehovah," uttering majesty. The psalm presents such adoration as the Lord Jesus (himself "mighty God") could present to the Father, in the days of his flesh, when listening amid the hills round Nazareth, or at the foot of Lebanon by the sources of double-founted Jordan, to the voice of his Father's awful thunder.

The redeemed, too, feel that such scenes furnish occasion for adoring the majesty and omnipotence of Godhead. At the same time, this seems to be more especially a Psalm of adoration for that great and notable Day of the Lord, when the Lamb's song shall be sung. "Great and marvellous are your works, Lord God Almighty - for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are revealed," (Psalm 15:9).

It is, in this view, a Psalm to rather than for our King. Dr Allix concludes: "This Psalm contains an exhortation to all the princes of the world to submit to Messiah's empire, when he has established his people and given great proof of his vengeance on his enemies as He did in the time of the Flood." This alludes to v10 and the true rendering of it:
"The Lord at the deluge sat,
"The Lord, forever sits as king."

We might no doubt apply every clause of it to the Lord's display of his majesty in any tremendous thunder storm. An awestruck spectator cries as the lightning plays and thunder rolls; "The God of glory thunders!" (v5). "The voice of Jehovah is breaking the cedars!" and as the crash is heard, "The Lord has broken the cedars of Lebanon."

Travellers tell us of the solemnity and terrific force of storms in the East. The thunders of the Great Day shall most of all call out these strains to the Lord the King. Earth at large, and the heavens too, shall shake on that day, when the Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem (Joel 3:16). While Israel's land from Lebanon on the north to Kadesh to the south, shall be in the vortex of that storm.

Meanwhile, secure as Noah in his ark, He and his redeemed witness the storm sweep along, beating down the wicked; and they burst into this song (Isaiah 30:32):
"Give to the Lord, you sons of the mighty"
"Give to the Lord glory and strength"
"Give to the Lord the glory due to his name." (v1,2)

Like the voice of the people heard in heaven by John (Rev 19:1) saying -
"Salvation and glory!"
"And honour and power"
"Unto the Lord our God"

Followed up by the call "Praise our God - small and great," while the multitude who sing appear to their fine linen, clean and white, corresponding to the description here (v2), "worship the Lord in the beauties of Holiness" - in holy attire, in sanctuary array, in the beautiful robes of the priesthood.

Then again, v9, seems to tell of Earth filled with his glory. In his temple everything says "glory"

Happy are those on whose side Jehovah stands (v11). He can say to the soul as Jesus said to the sea in Mark 4:39, Peace! That this is the full reference of the Psalm, we may fully believe; and yet this reference by no means forbids our using it as an appropriate song to the Lord when celebrating the majesty of his voice heard in the storms that sweep over the land. Or that voice heard in the hearts of men, when He stirs their conscience and speaks his message of grace.

It is the same Lord, and the same majesty, that is shown inn scenes of nature, in the doings of grace, and in the full outburst of glory. Our Lord, in the days of his flesh, might use it in that threefold way, and we still do the same.

We celebrate his present bestowal of strength and of peace in v11. While still we wait for the completeness of both in the day when we shall get the grace that shall be brought us at the Appearing of Jesus Christ. The Psalm is thus suitable for many occasions, though especially for the day of the Lord throughout The Righteous One's adoration of the God of Glory, in the Day of His storm.

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