1. God’s Glory Vs Man’s Rebellion - Psalm 29:1-2
Text: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I (Christ Jesus) have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, (look and pay heed!) your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.”
Good morning, God-fearing Christian! You and I have been blessed with a Godly fear of the One true Lord God Almighty, Jehovah. We bow down before His Almighty power and offer unto Him sincere worship and heart gratitude and praise. Our thankfulness knows no limits; our reverence of His Holiness is utter and complete. Praise God it is so, for the Lord God Jehovah, in Christ Jesus, is the only true meaning of the word AWESOME. No one, nor anything else - Spiritual or temporal - can truly be described as awesome. Lord God Almighty our hearts, souls, and minds bow down at the sound of Thy Almighty voice. Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Amen.
“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the Heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
Natural mankind who are born of woman - since the Fall into sin of our created progenitors, Adam and Eve, in Eden’s Garden - are naturally rebellious against the Lord God Almighty; and will not GIVE Him the authority and the recognition our Lord God Supernaturally possesses. Sin has blighted the hearts and minds of natural born mankind, so that he/she not only will not, but cannot, receive the things of the Lord God.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him/her; neither can he/she know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
This is the reason why we ‘…must be born again…’, we must be quickened by God the Spirit, and regenerated by His power. Only then will we ‘give unto the Lord…’ all the worship and honour, and praise and glory, and thankfulness that our Sovereign Lord God commands. Praise God for His grace to Hell-bound sinners such as we!
“This Psalm is meant to express the glory of God as heard in the pealing thunder. The verses march to the tune of thunderbolts. True ministers are sons of thunder and the voice of God in Christ Jesus is full of majesty. Thus we have God’s works and God’s Word joined together.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)
“Whole Psalm: In this Psalm, the strength of Jehovah is celebrated; and the exemplification of it is evidently taken from a thunderstorm in Lebanon. From the mountains, the storm sweeps down into the plains.” (Robert Murray M’Cheyne 1813-1843)
There is nothing to focus the mind of mankind as well as a heavy thunderstorm. One feels and knows oneself to be, puny and defenceless when compared to the power being manifested during a thunder and lightning storm. Sizzling flashes of lightning explode across a rain-leaden sky. Then, moments later, ‘Boom!’ the peal of heavy thunder blasts its way throughout the stratosphere, shaking everything within its sound.
“There is no phenomenon in nature so awful as a thunderstorm. The Twenty-ninth Psalm derives a sacred vitality and power from the Presence of Jehovah in each successive peal.” (James Hamilton D.D.1814-1867)
Verse 1. “Give unto the Lord. Neither men nor angels can confer anything upon Jehovah, but they should recognize His glory and might. Natural causes as men call them, are God in action, and we must not ascribe power to them.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)
Verse 2. “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name. A third time the admonition is given, for men are backward in glorifying God, and especially ‘great men’. Unbelief and distrust, complaining and murmuring, rob God of His honour.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 141)
Verse 2. “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name. Which yet you cannot do, for His Name is above all praise; but you must aim at it.” (John Trapp 1601-1699)
“Worship the Lord. Why is the Lord to be worshipped? Why must He have such high honours? Verses 1-2. A sincere Christian aims to glorify God, to exalt God, and to lift up God in the world. He that sets up the glory of God as his chief end will find that his chief end will by degrees eat out all low and base ends. Where the glory of God is kept up as a man’s greatest end, there all bye and base ends will be kept at an under.” (Thomas Brooks 1608-1680)
Thought: Personal holiness exercised, exalts the Lord God Who alone is Holy.