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.
But we can’t stop here with our application, we must ask, “Can we Jesus in Psalm 29?” Perhaps the largest way we see Psalm 29 coming into New Testament fulfillment is a further unveiling of “glory.” When we talk about the glory of God, it is essential to talk about the Person in whom God’s glory is most fully revealed. In 2 Cor. 4:3-6 Paul says it like this, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Hebrews 1:3 similarly says, “Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.”
David (the author of Psalm 29), Paul (the author of 2 Cor.), and the author of Hebrews are not vague about the glory of God, and we shouldn’t be either. All these authors get very specific about the glory of God, and so is the whole of the Bible. All of this glory talk is pointing towards the truth that the glory of God is most fully revealed in the gospel. This gospel is called the gospel of the glory of Christ. In other words, the glory of God, which encompasses Psalm 29 with awesome imagery, is most fully revealed in the face of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Therefore, when I talk about fearing, trembling, feasting, and treasuring the glory of God, I’m referring to God’s glory revealed most fully in His Son Jesus.
I want to show this to you in two ways. When it comes to Jesus showing up, in the world and in the human soul, two images are helpful to us.
a) When Jesus comes into the heart in all His majesty and glory, Psalm 29 happens. That same powerful voice that we saw in Psalm 29 enters in, see’s the barren wilderness of deadness and sin in us, and calls out into it. Life is then found where death reigned! Streams of rushing water begin to flow where dry cracked ground used to be! Flowers, palm trees, and all sorts of beautiful vegetation grows where weeds and thorns used to grow. Light bursts forth where darkness used to reign! Sin runs away in fear as the God of glory sits down on the throne of your heart. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead when Jesus called out to him, so too, our dead heart awakes to life when Jesus calls out to us. (“He spoke and my heart, it burst to life!”)
b) Jesus is not just a storm of glorious power that rushes into the heart, but a sweet and warm calm as well. In fact, when Jesus enters the heart, there is a true rest that settles in, there is a true calm that takes the place of the storm of sin. Just as Jesus calmed the storm while He was in the boat with the disciples, He can calm the storm in you and in me.
This is the promise of the gospel, when you turn from sin and turn toward God in faith, trusting in Him for salvation – life enters where deadness used to reign. If you find yourself still dead inside, or still stormy within, come to Jesus. Whether for the first time or for the four-hundreth time, He only can replace emptiness with wholeness.