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Psalms 29:1-11 Honor the LORD

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 8, 2013


Psalms 29:1-11 NLTse Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength. (2) Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. (3) The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. (4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. (5) The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars ofLebanon. (6) He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. (7) The voice of the LORD strikes with bolts of lightning. (8) The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. (9) The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” (10) The LORD rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. (11) The LORDgives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.

 

Looking at this Psalm it’s not difficult to identify the key words, honor and voice. When we search these words in the New Testament, we come up with a single text using these key words. To review; after identifying key words, we use those key words to search scripture. All Bible authors repeat key words to draw attention to the main thought in the chapter. Here David repeats the word voice. He refers to God’s voice. According to David, God’s voice:

 

echoes above the sea

is powerful

majestic

splits the mighty cedars

shatters the cedars of Lebanon

makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf

strikes with bolts of lightning

twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare

 

Looking at a chart of what God’s voice accomplishes we see a pattern. The word sea is repeated. So is the word cedars, and the words oaks and forests is added. Cedars and oaks don’t grow in the sea, so we can see David covers both land and sea. When we make a chart we also see other related word groups; powerful and majestic. Another set also appears; splits, shatters, strikes, and twists. When we think about the details, the two groups appear as contrasts. In other words, God’s voice can be heard by two groups, those who follow Him and those who don’t. We could look at what cedars, oaks, and forests represent, but identifying symbols is not the main focus of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. Running around scripture trying to identify symbols distracts from the focus of the study. The main focus should always be to identify context. Since all we know is the key words voice and honor, we have little to go on until we identify parallel texts. If they share the same context as the introduction and summation to Psalm 29, we’ll have find a great vision and wisdom from Heaven. Parallel texts and chapters will also reveal the spiritual meaning of symbols within context. When we jump into symbols, searching based on our own knowledge, we’ll uncover nothing but interpretations agreeing with limited knowledge and worldly views. In other words, we’ll be taking a step backwards instead of forward.

 

The introduction here repeats two key words. Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength. Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. God’s honor and glory are the key thought in the introduction. The introduction to its parallel chapter must also contain this key thought, or a contrast.

 

The summation of course continues the same theme of honor and glory and as with any properly composed letter, adds details. The LORD rules over the flood waters. The LORD reigns as king forever. The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. The summation identifies God as King forever. It also shows what kind of King God is. He gives his people strength and blesses them with peace. Once again, the parallel chapter will support the summation in Psalm 29 by adding more details of God’s Kingdom and what He gives His people or a contrast to add understanding. The first order of business is to check the texts the key words lead us to.

 

2 Peter 1:16-18 NLTse For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes (17) when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (18) We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

 

Not only do we find the key words honor and voice, 2 Peter 1 also contains the word glory. The parallel texts talks about Jesus’ coming. To be more specific, stories the disciples have been sharing about Jesus’ coming. Peter backs up his story by sharing his eye witness account of Jesus’ majestic splendor. At first glance it appears Peter is referring to God’s voice from Heaven at Jesus’ baptism. Peter made it clear he was referring to their trip up the mountain when they met Moses and Elijah.

 

Once Peter established the fact he was referring to their experience on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, Peter created another link between these two introductions. Moses and Elijah came down from Heaven to comfort and encourage Jesus. Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength. Based on David’s prophecy we see Moses and Elijah came to honor Jesus for His glory and strength. Isn’t it like a father to encourage his son? We can see how God encouraged Jesus with positive reinforcement. This is something to keep in mind when your praying for someone. Maybe you don’t think your hearing an answer, maybe because it’s not the answer you want. Come on now admit it. I hear it in the church all the time — preached from the pulpits. Sermons concentrate on differences, what sets the church apart, makes them better than other churches. How do we encourage people? How do we see where they are in their walk with God? How do we know what they need to hear? We’re not going to hear it in churches or from the pulpit. If your waiting for a preacher to tell you the deepest most sincere needs a person has in their heart, you’ve got a long wait. God knew what was on Jesus’ heart at the time and sent Him the encouragement He needed when He needed it. There’s another lesson. Peter, John, and James were not ready for that message… yet. They needed to grow before they could understand. How often do people take out what they consider a message, blast it on people then condemn them when they don’t understand? Jesus was not upset with His disciples, nor did He condemn them when they didn’t understand. To reach people you have to learn to listen to God’s voice.

 

You’ll notice who Peter wrote this letter to. He wrote it to believers he already taught, prayed with, taught them to study, and developed a personal relationship with. Peter also knew they had a personal relationship with Christ. Then why do people take out a verse or two to slam people over the head with? Come on now… I’ve seen verses in this chapter taken and misused to the extent I view as blasphemy. They ignore context, hit people over the head with a small section of this chapter, and for what? They want to prove they’re better than the person they’re talking to. Not talking or studying with, but talking to. They completely ignored context and the main message Peter wrote about.

 

Since Moses and Elijah were introduced by association, it would be wise to reflect on the roles they played and how they served God. Many of the lessons we learn from these two provide encouragement. Moses was a shepherd living his life out in peace when God called him. Moses felt inadequate, but God was patient, giving him everything he needed to accomplish the task he was chosen for. Look at Moses’ life. You can see how he drew closer to God and learned to rely on prayer. Moses had a special relationship with God. Moses heard God’s voice and responded to it. Moses also made a mistake when tested by Israel as they ran out of water the second time. One wrong move, and Moses missed his chance to step foot on the promised land. But when he met Jesus on the mountain, Moses stood on the promised land, face to face with Christ, his Savior.

 

Elijah stood firm at times. He was discouraged. Instead of giving up, God spoke to him and fed him. God gave him water to drink and a safe place to rest, then sent him on a mission. Jesus saw the encouragement they needed when they needed it and understood the message on the mountain. We see the message of encouragement explained when we compare the introduction of Psalm 29 and 2 Peter 1.

 

Psalms 29:1-4 NLTse Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength. (2) Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship theLORD in the splendor of his holiness. (3) The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. (4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

 

2 Peter 1:1-8 NLTse This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. (2) May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. (3) By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. (4) And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. (5) In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence withknowledge, (6) and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, (7) and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. (8) The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our LordJesus Christ.

 

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of Godand Jesus our LordBy his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. Combining the two introductions we see our role in God’s plan of salvation. God’s voice gives us everything we need. Peter doesn’t send us anywhere else for information. Peter sends us to the same source he learned from. The voice of the LORD echoes which means what? It’s repeated. The word thunder is also repeated which shows it’s impossible not to hear. Peter affirms this by repeating the word knowledge.

 

grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord

Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge

and knowledge with self-control

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It’s not a very difficult formula to follow. God went out of His way to make it easy to understand. Its men who confused the issue and changed the message. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. If we don’t know God, it’s impossible to preach HIS glory. We know God by coming to HIM. That means He is calling. Can you hear His voice? Are you following it? How do you follow God’s voice? Or are you comfortable having other people listen for you? How do you learn in school? Do you pick and choose what to absorb from a teacher in a classroom? How far are you going to get with that attitude of picking a small portion of a lesson? If you do that, you’ll fail the test, the exam and the class. You’ll have two choices with that attitude. Repeat the class or drop out. You know a good teacher can tell who is paying attention and who isn’t. What about God? Are you the class clown thinking you can out smart God in the classroom of life? You can’t fool God. He wrote the book on the plan of salvation. It’s up to you to accept it, learn about it, or fail at it. We see how failure can become a reality in the summations.

 

Psalms 29:5-11 NLTse The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon. (6) He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. (7) The voice of the LORD strikes with bolts of lightning. (8) The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. (9) The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” (10) The LORD rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. (11) The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.

 

2 Peter 1:19-21 NLTse Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. (20) Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, (21) or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

 

Like I wrote earlier, don’t worry about identifying the symbols. Stick to the context and let God’s Word reveal it. So far we’ve seen the context centers on God’s voice. It’s great, majestic, and brings glory? Glory to who? Remember what Peter said. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” God gave His glory to His Son Jesus. Here is where we find the texts many people take out of context. It’s in the summation of 2 Peter 1. People often apply these tests to interpretations they come up with on future prophecy. They use these texts to establish their authority. In essence, they are trying to take glory God gave to His Son. When we look at the context it’s easy to see Peter is referring to the prophecies written about Jesus. His entire letter is about Jesus. No where does Peter include a word referring to future prophecy, except as a warning to those who will twist his words to preach another message. To avoid that we confirm context by comparing the summation to the introduction. This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

 

Peter didn’t change subjects or write in some kind of hidden code only a few people can understand. Peter wrote this letter to direct the people he worked with to advance the knowledge of God’s plan of salvation. The message is about Christ. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and preciouspromises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. Now we can see why the lightening and thunder crashes, understand the barren wilderness and stripped oaks. They are people who don’t understand. People who oppose or misrepresent God’s plan of salvation. Do you want to stand with or against God? You can either be stripped or equipped and encouraged,. The LORD gives his people strength. TheLORD blesses them with peace. Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Christ shining in our hearts represents the close relationship He came and died to establish.

 

Once again we’ve seen how to identify key words. They are repeated words that are the same, similar, or related. Once key words are identified, we use them to search related texts. The goal is to find related scripture in a chapter with similar introductions and summations. When the chapter with the prophecy is compared to the chapter explaining its fulfillment, they not only teach but reinforce the same lesson. In this case the lesson is easy to see – how to listen to God’s voice. Peter covers one of the most important aspects in his summation. You must pay close attention to what they (prophets) wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Like Jesus, Peter is sending us back to scripture. In this case the Old Testament since they were the only books available when Peter wrote his letter. Peter tells us to pay close attention. When a teacher tells you to pay close attention do they mean go out and ask someone what they think the lesson is about? There are two ways of being certain about the material we’re supposed to pay close attention to. Read the book, God’s Bible, and talk to the Teacher, in this case the Author – Jesus Christ. Since this course is a pass or fail with the results lasting an eternity, you’d be wise to consult both sources. 

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