Psalm 29 The Voice of God

Psalm 29 The Voice of God

Psalm 29 The Voice of God

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,

   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;

   worship the Lord in holy array.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

   the God of glory thunders,

   the Lord, upon many waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful,

   the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,

   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,

   and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness,

   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord makes the oaks to whirl,

   and strips the forests bare;

   and in His temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;

   the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever.

11 May the Lord give strength to His people!

   May the Lord bless His people with peace!

– Psalm 29

 

Commentary based on St. Thomas Aquinas

Psalm 29 talks about the voice of God, that is the command or prophecy of God.

It is upon waters, that is, men. Men are likened to waters because, like waters, men flow and will not return. This verse signifies a double favour, namely, of conversion and of the gifts that are given to the converted.

These men are the Jews, for the Jews were converted to God out of a doctrine of God not yet made Man, but expected.

It is upon many waters, because the voice of the incarnate Lord was not only upon the Jews, but also upon the gentiles.

The voice of God breaks the cedars of Lebanon. The cedars are great men and signify the Amorites who were great and strong.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire: on the day of judgment, by divine power, the fire will be divided, for burning without light will be in the fire surrounding the condemned, and a fire bright without burning will be for the glory of the elect.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness, that is, He has moved the nations to faith by directing them to it.

The wilderness of Kadesh is interpreted as the holy place of the law, because the Jews, made holy by the lawgiver, will be converted at the end of the world.

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