Yahweh rules (Ps 29:10-29:11)

“Yahweh sits enthroned over the flood.

Yahweh sits enthroned as king forever.

May Yahweh give strength to his people!

May Yahweh bless his people with peace!”

This psalm ends by proclaiming that Yahweh is the ruler of the storm or flood. He sits forever as king of the world and its climate. May he give strength to the people at the time of a disaster. May he bless his people with peace at the end of the storm.

The response to the voice of Yahweh (Ps 29:9-29:9)

“The voice of Yahweh causes the oaks to whirl.

The voice of Yahweh strips the forests bare.

In his temple,

All say.

‘Glory!’”

The thunderous voice of Yahweh with its wind caused the strong oaks to whirl. In fact, this storm thunder voice stripped the forests bare. The response to all this was to go to the Temple and praise Yahweh by saying “Glory to Yahweh,” This idea of praying to God in a church or temple was, and still is, a common response when a fierce storm occurs.

The power of the voice of Yahweh (Ps 29:5-29:8)

“The voice of Yahweh breaks the cedars.

Yahweh breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf.

He makes Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of Yahweh flashes forth flames of fire.

The voice of Yahweh shakes the wilderness.

Yahweh shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.”

The thunderous voice of Yahweh broke open the great cedars of Lebanon that had been part of the wood that made up the Temple in Jerusalem. Lebanon and its mountain area north of Israel had been friendly to David. However, Yahweh had control of them like a young calf. He also had Sirion acting like a young wild ox or a buffalo. Sirion was a Phoenician name for Mount Hermon. They also knew that the thunder usually accompanied lightning which set off flash fires. The thunderous storm even caused the earth to vibrate so that the wilderness land even shook. The wilderness of Kadesh, which was in the northern Syrian area where some battles had taken place, was also vulnerable to the thunderous voice of Yahweh.

The voice of Yahweh (Ps 29:3-29:4)

“The voice of Yahweh is over the waters.

The God of glory thunders.

Yahweh!

He is over mighty waters.

The voice of Yahweh is powerful.

The voice of Yahweh is full of majesty.”

The voice of Yahweh is the thunder over the various and mighty waters. This powerful voice of Yahweh is full of majesty. Thunder was considered to be the voice of Yahweh in various thunderstorms.

Worship Yahweh (Ps 29:1-29:2)

A Psalm of David

Ascribe to Yahweh!

O heavenly beings!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

Glory and strength!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

The glory of his name!

Worship Yahweh in holy splendor.”

Once again, Psalm 29 is merely a psalm of David without any other indications. It accents Yahweh’s power in a storm. However, these beginning verses are like a call to worship. They had to ascribe to Yahweh in a repeated refrain. This was the call to those both in heaven and on earth to recognize the glory and strength of the name of Yahweh. This Yahweh worship should be in holy splendor.