Psalm 29: God’s Voice

To what extent should we “give ourselves” to the Lord? Why are people sometimes reluctant to give very much?

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Psalm 29:1 A song of David.
Children, give yourselves to the Lord. Recognize his majesty and power.
King James
Psalm 29:1 <A Psalm of David.> Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

How much honor does God deserve? What can we do to honor him more?

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Psalm 29:2 Give him the honor that he deserves. Worship the Lord, who is most beautiful of all.
John 17:4 I have glorified you on Earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
King James
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

If God’s voice is like thunder, why do so many people say that God never speaks to them?

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Psalm 29:3–5 God’s voice is heard across the waters, a glory speaking like thunder above the roaring waves. His voice is majestic and powerful. His powerful voice breaks the cedars, even the mighty trees of Lebanon.
King James
Psalm 29:3–5 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

What kind of voice breaks cedars?

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Psalm 29:5 His powerful voice breaks the cedars, even the mighty trees of Lebanon.
King James
Psalm 29:5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

How does God make mountains dance?

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Psalm 29:6 God makes Mount Lebanon dance like a calf, Mount Hermon like a young ox.
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Psalm 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

In what way is God’s voice like lightning?

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Psalm 29:7–8 His voice is like flashes of fiery lightning, shaking the wilderness, even the Kadesh wasteland.
King James
Psalm 29:7–8 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

How is God’s voice reflected in all his creation?

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Psalm 29:9 By his voice, the deer give birth, and the trees of the forest lose their leaves. The place where God resides declares his glory.
King James
Psalm 29:9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

What is the extent of God’s involvement in what we call “acts of God”?

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Psalm 29:10 The Lord reigns, King over all, even the mighty floodwaters.
King James
Psalm 29:10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.

What do we need to do to experience God’s strength and blessings?

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Psalm 29:11 He makes his people strong and blesses them with peace.
King James
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.