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Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Friday    March 12, 2010    Numbers 34-36 and Psalm 29

This morning as I sit here reading my Bible, at times I hear the rain pounding on the roof and against the windows as the wind surges. It does not sound very pleasant outside . . . perhaps a good morning to get an extra forty winks! Psalm 29 was probably written as a result of day that was far stormier (if that is a word) than what I am hearing outside this morning. The first two verses David calls on the angels in heaven to give to the LORD worship because of his glory and strength. By repeating the phrase “ascribe to the LORD” three times attached to a different phrase there is a poetic building of intensity of thought . . . the LORD is so awesome that praise to Him must be accompanied by holiness!

   In verse 3 David speaks of the voice of God. It seems to be a picture of a storm that starts on the Mediterranean Sea - a storm that is accompanied by rolling thunder. As the storm moves to the east it moves inland – blowing down trees — lightning flashing – the ground literally shaking as the thunder crashes – the deer give birth prematurely as a result of the intensity of the storm. As David looks at all that is happening he is struck by the reality of the power of God. While “the voice of the Lord” could be a poetic referral to the sound of the thunder, it seems that David was intending to say that all this power and strength that storm carries is a result of what God has spoken into existence. God speaks and it is so. That is what we learn in Genesis 1. God spoke the creation into existence. . . and that creation is still subject to his voice. In verse 10 David points out the fact that God sits as king over it all; even the great flood that wiped everything clean - God was still on the throne of heaven and totally in charge!

   David found great hope in the storm that he was watching. I know that because of what he says in the final verse of this song.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people;

the Lord blesses his people with peace

   David understood that all the power of God is available to His people. All the strength that was seen in the wind can be used for the benefit of God’s children. And, the LORD who spoke these storms into existence has the power to stop them! (See the story of Jesus in the gospels when he speaks to the wind) So, David says, the Lord blesses his people with peace. We are reminded today of the greatness of our God. He is bigger than anything that we will face today. He is totally in charge. We can trust him implicitly – in fact, that is where true peace is found – when I trust in Him with all of my heart and mind.

What a great way to start our day – by doing what David called on the angels of heaven to do –

Psalm 29:1-2

A psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

[2] Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Friday          March 12, 2010   Numbers 34-36 and Psalm 29

Saturday      March 13, 2010   Galatians 1-2 and Psalm 30

Sunday        March 14, 2010   Galatians 3-4 and Psalm 31

Monday       March 15, 2010   Galatians 5-6 and Psalm 32

Tuesday      March 16, 2010   Deuteronomy 1-3 and Psalm 33

Wednesday March 17, 2010   Deuteronomy 4-5 and Psalm 34


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