Psalm 29 – A Psalm of David:
Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in holy array. The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everything says, “Glory!” The LORD sat as King at the flood; yes, the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.
The practical implications streaming out of Psalm 29 are innumerable, stunning, and all have to do with how we respond to God’s booming glory. The glory of God, and the glory of the voice of God come through so clearly in this psalm, it is breathtaking to view. By the time we see the people’s response in 29:9c, the reader is feeling the same surge rising within. Perhaps this is what beholding the glory of God will be like for those of us who believe in Him? I think when this moment comes, there will be both fear and trembling, because our God is wild, untamable, and more intense than we can ever imagine. There will also be a fantastic feast of satisfaction when we, those made in the image of God, behold God Himself in all His glory! Nothing satisfies the human soul like the glory of God. Perhaps this is why storms are so fascinating to us (or me)? David gave us his desire two psalms earlier in Psalm 27 when he said, “One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire (or meditate) in His temple.” David desired one thing in life, to get in the dwelling place of God and gaze at Him forever! Why did David want this? Because in God’s presence is the fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). David drank from the river of God’s delight (Psalm 36:8), he tasted and he saw that the Lord was good (Psalm 34:8), and he concluded that God was his only desire and to be near Him was life itself (Psalm 73:25-28).
When I read Psalm 29, I feel these same things leap inside me. Now, we have but a taste of the glory of God revealed in the storm, but soon, we will enjoy the full display of His infinite worth! Therefore, if the only eternal happiness for my soul is a happiness found by gazing on the glory of God, and God is glorified by my doing so (which the above verses seem to imply), than God will uphold that which makes much of Him and makes me most happy, His glory. I think this is part of the reason God calls us to give Him glory in 29:1-2. Psalm 29 is a window into this glory for all to see.