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Psalm 29

This psalm was probably composed on the occasion of a thunderstorm. It is a solemn charge from heaven, to great men to worship and glorify God; who (1.) In his magnificence and power thunders in the most terrible, alarming, and destructive manner, ver. 1-9. (2.) Who is supreme Governor of the world, and bestows strength and peace on his peculiar people, ver. 10-11.

While we sing, let us by faith behold the glory of God in Christ, and be filled with reverential awe of his power and grace. And while we adore his perfections, admire and praise his excellencies, let Jerusalem come into our mind; and let us apprehend the promises, and pour forth prayers for the people of God.

A Psalm of David.

1 Give ye unto the Lord, ye sons
that of the mighty be,
All strength and glory to the Lord
with cheerfulness give ye.

2 Unto the Lord the glory give
that to his name is due;
And in the beauty of holiness
unto Jehovah bow.

3 The Lord’s voice on the waters is;
the God of majesty
Doth thunder, and on multitudes
of waters sitteth he.

4 A pow’rful voice it is that comes
out from the Lord most high;
The voice of that great Lord is full
of glorious majesty.

5 The voice of the Eternal doth
asunder cedars tear;
Yea, God the Lord doth cedars break
that Lebanon doth bear.

6 He makes them like a calf to skip,
ev’n that great Lebanon,
And, like to a young unicorn,
the mountain Sirion.

7 God’s voice divides the flames of fire;
8 The desert it doth shake:
The Lord doth make the wilderness
of Kadesh all to quake.

9 God’s voice doth make the hinds to calve,
it makes the forest bare:
And in his temple ev’ry one
his glory doth declare.

10 The Lord sits on the floods; the Lord
sits King, and ever shall.
11 The Lord will give his people strength,
and with peace bless them all.