The Coming of the Lord in Power
The coming of the Lord will be with a great “storm.” The spiritual and the physical dimensions are closely connected. In Psalm 29, David shows how natural forces are types of spiritual realities.
A Poetic Description of a Thunderstorm Showing the Mighty Power of God
Like other parts of the Word of God, we can read this psalm on many levels. In some passages, these parallel realities are clearer and this is one of these passages.
On the surface, it is a powerful and poetic description of the violence of a thunderstorm. The mighty physical forces displayed in nature are presented as a song of praise to the Creator (Psalm 29:1-9).
The psalm starts with a call to worship: “Acknowledge and give the due glory to the One who has such power.” This is how we can see beyond the physical appearances.
The Physical and Spiritual Parallel (Psalm 29:3-10)
David portrays how the natural events demonstrate a spiritual dimension behind them. The thunder is the voice of the Lord with both creative and destructive powers. With majestic lightening, His voice shakes even the greatest things on earth.
Peace in the Eye of the Storm (Psalm 29:11)
However, this startling violent display does not produce fear but peace on His people because He is the source of their strength. That amazing strength works on their behalf and through them. God is for us not against us (Romans 8:31).
The Prophetic Content
This understanding of Psalm 29 already ministers to us, but there is much more for us to see. There is a prophetic aspect in this psalm. I believe that David was prophesying about the end times even without fully realizing it.
This is what makes the Bible a unique book. The many writers often wrote about things to come. We can see that some of these things have already come to pass while others are not yet fulfilled.
In the Bible, more than 100 passages say that the event described there fulfills a specific prophecy. The Word of God is full of prophesies. They were written centuries before the events under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. These prophecies were given so that they might be fulfilled and that, seeing the fulfillment, we might believe in the Word of God.
The Development of God’s Plan
The previous psalm was a prayer for justice and judgment against the lawless and the wicked. It is a cry for help and deliverance of the oppressed. This prayer is a request for justice and the establishing of God’s Kingdom with the manifestation and ministry of the sons of God (Romans 8:18-23). Psalm 28 closed with the confidence that the Lord heard the request.
Psalm 29 expands on the answer to the prayer. In the answer, Jesus and the Holy Spirit play the central role.
When This Psalm Was Used
To start, the Jews sang this psalm for the Feast of Tabernacles. At this feast, they thanked God for the bounty of the harvest and asked God for rain for the following year.
Symbols and Types Give Us Insight
I could say much about the Feast of Tabernacles to shed light on its relationship to this psalm, but it is beyond the purpose of this post. I will limit myself to only some key observations for you to consider prayerfully:
- At the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus went to the temple and announced the coming of the Holy Spirit in us (John 7:37-39).
- Rain is often associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:23, James 5:7-8).
- The Voice of God is the thunder in the storm. It is God’s prophetic message. It is Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:1).
- Jesus is God’s answer to the prayer for justice.
- Jesus released the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 1:8, 2:4, Joel 2:28-31).
- The coming of the Lord will be in great power and majesty (Revelation 2:27, 19:15, Psalm 2:7-9).
- This psalm repeats the voice of God seven times (Psalm 29:3, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), the number of completion. In the book of revelation, there are seven trumpets announcing God’s complete judgment (Revelation 10:7 to 11:15).
- The voice of God comes on the Day of the Lord, the time of the great storm (Joel 2:30-31).
- In all this, the Lord reigns and will bless His people with peace and strength (Psalm 29:10:11, Ephesians 3:16, Rev 1:4).
Questions to Consider
- What are the effects of the voice of the Lord?
- How did Jesus overcome the storm in His life?
- Can you see the Lord reigning, even in the storms of your life?
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