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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #103
Posted: November 22, 2006

PSALM 29:1-2

Let us look again to the great gold mine of truth we call the Psalms.  We are interested in Psalm 29:1-2 which says, Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto thee LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

It is in this Psalm that David describes for us the progressional movement of a thunderstorm.  This is probably one of the most awful and scary acts of nature.  An old writer by the name of Baalbek described a thunderstorm of Jerusalem like this, “I was over taken by a storm, as if the flood gates of heaven had burst: it came on in a moment and raged with a power which suggested the end of the world. Solemn darkness covered the earth: the rain descended in torrents, and sweeping down the mountain side, became by the fearful power of the storm transmuted into a thick cloud of fog.”

These storms are but a picture of the spiritual storms that come suddenly and without warning in the life of God’s people.  Our Lord used storms in Matthew 7:27 to reveal the foundations that the wise and foolish man had built upon.  Oh how the storms of life will reveal to us what we really are spiritually.

In verses 1 and 2 we are confronted with the ‘Pre-Storm Practice of Life’.  We are commanded to “Give unto the LORD,” Giving is often a hard principle to learn.  We do not learn what wealth we have until a storm comes along and sweeps away all we have.  Many are prone to not give out of their abundance but only out of their poverty.  The word ‘give’ used in verses 1and2 means to bring before, to ascribe to, or to acknowledge with.  The word ‘mighty’ speaks of the Sons of God.  It could refer to the redeemed or to angelic creatures.  We are commanded to give Him ‘glory’.  The word ‘glory’ means weighty, abounding, numerous times of honor.  Oh let us learn to glorify Him in the good weather of life as well as the storms.  The word ‘strength’ in verse 1 is the word for loud words of praise.  Let us praise Him when skies are blue as well as when the skies are filled with storm clouds.  The one to whom we are to give our glory and strength is the ‘LORD’.

He is the great ‘I Am’ or the God who becomes.  One may ask what does God become?  We can answer that with a question.  What do you need?  He becomes all that we need in times of storms or in days of clear weather.

We are commanded to give glory to His name in verse 2.  David tells us in Psalm 148 that His name is the only excellent thing in all of heaven and earth.  How the mention of His lovely name gives us peace in the midst of our storm. 

There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth. It sounds like music to my ear, the sweetest name on earth. O how I love Jesus.  Jesus is the sweetest name I know and He’s just the same as His lovely name and that’s the reason why I love Him so; for Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

We are commanded to “worship…in the beauty of holiness.”  A word study of this phrase tells us to prostrate ourselves because of the ornament of His magnified presence in His hallowed sanctuary.

In our storms or in our days of clear weather let us be found worshipping Him by prostrating ourselves before Him and giving Him the weighty honor due to His name.  Learning to worship in our storms will make us sovereign conscious and not storm conscious.

 

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