Study Guide – Psalm 29


1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,

    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.


Looking at verses 1-2, why would a human directly call upon "heavenly beings" (or "angels")?* What is it that the writer of this psalms wants the "heavenly beings" to do?


3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”


Spend some moments in a creative brainstorming session. In verses 3-9, first make a list of what the voice of God does and, second, try adding a few of your own vivid contemporary descriptions:


Lebanon is considered the mountainous region north of Israel. Sirion is a reference to Mount Hermon in Lebanon & Syria, whose waters flow into the Sea of Galilee. With this in mind, describe both the humorous imagination of verse 6 and its powerful meaning:


10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace. NIV


How do the descriptions about God's voice relate to verses 10-11?

In what areas of life do you (or the people you know) need to hear of the truths of verses 10-11?


::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

After having studied this psalm, revisit verse 1. Ask yourself again why humanity would address the "heavenly beings" (or "angels")*. What is the writer of this psalm trying to accomplish?


* Literally, "Sons of God". 

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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