(This is part five of a devotional based on Psalm chapter 29. I was going through a tough time and this chapter gave me hope. I pray it does the same for you!)
The voice of the LORD twists might oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” Psalm 29:9
Just as God can build things up (plant), he can also tear them down (pluck). He can close doors that need to be closed. Face it, sometimes if he doesn’t do it, we won’t. I began to praise him because nothing can stand in his way. Everything will have to move, when he moves. One powerful Word and we shout, “Glory!”
The LORD rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. Psalm 29:10
The scriptures says that the enemy comes like a mighty flood. And yet, God rules over that too. When God says, “No more. That is as far as you go. Recede!” Then the floodwaters of the enemy will have to obey. The LORD reigns as king over everything, especially anything involving the lives of his children. Reign, LORD, reign!
The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:11
Finally, the purpose of these verses. To give us strength and peace. I felt it. Did you? I circled this chapter number. I feel that it will be a go to chapter for me for many years to come. It reached out and grabbed me at a time when I needed some clarity. I needed some focus on who God was and what that meant for me. I know that this is not doctrinal. I wasn’t sharing to ascribe meaning in ways that there were none. But, I believe that God spoke to me through this. I believe that he shared his attributes to strengthen me and give me peace. I hope someone out there, will receive a fresh supply of hope through his Word, today. Just as I did.
(This is part four of a devotional based on Psalm chapter 29. I was going through a rough time and this chapter gave me hope. I pray it does the same for you! )
He makes Lebanon’s mountain skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. Psalm 29:6
The Lebanon mountains have the highest peak of neighboring mountain ranges. Snow frost their tops! At its peak, it is higher than Mount Olympus. Yet, God can make the mountains move! God can move our mountains too. Jesus promised. Whatever that obstacle is, it is no match for him.
While reading this, I began to imagine my Father moving, stirring what seemed immovable in my situation. My faith began to grow. The sun was breaking through the shroud of night.
The voice of the LORD strikes with bolts of lighting. Psalm 29:7
I was getting the pattern here. Now, the scriptures were going to show me what this means in the next verse. A declaration and then an explanation. I held my breath. This ought to be good.
The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. Psalm 29:8
There it was. God can speak and give life to barren, dead things. What didn’t move before, he could cause to quake and shake. I have infertile areas that I have given up on. But, God is the very source of life. He can revive them even when all else fails. Even his use of the “phrase bolts of lighting” speaks of life. Lightening puts nitrates in the soil. It fertilizes plants so they can grow and give us nutrients. Everything would be barren without it. In the same way, our lives are barren without hearing the voice of the Lord. Speak LORD, speak!
(This is part three of a devotional based on Psalm chapter 29. I was going through a rough time and this chapter gave me hope. I pray it does the same for you! )
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. (Psalm 29:4)
The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon. (Psalm 29:5)
Cedar trees of Lebanon grew in mountainous terrain so they were deeply, deeply rooted. They had to be. They could grow to the height of 120 feet, sporting a girth up to forty feet. One word described them the best. Strong.
But God could split and shatter them, with his voice.
I thought of the high, exalted things in my life that are not of God. I thought of the strongholds. If God can do this to the mighty cedar tree, he can do this to the things that have taken root in my heart that are not serving God’s purposes for my life. One whisper of his Word or the thunderous sound of his voice can destroy the work of the enemy and set me free. Completely free.
This was it! I was beginning to feel real hope for the first time in a long while.
Father, let even your whisper roar and shatter the shackles of the enemy. Set me free, Lord! Set me free!