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Psalms

Psalm 29 11 Commentary

And finally, as we reach this Psalm 29 11 commentary, we have David’s concluding praise in verse 11.

11 The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 29 11 Commentary
Strength

We saw the word strength back in verse 1. There the heavenly beings were commanded to ascribe strength to the Lord.

The way that Canaanites portrayed Baal was often as a bull. What better animal to represent strength than a bull?

No doubt, the worshipers of Baal wanted to benefit from the strength that they believed this god could convey to them.

And yet, David corrects that way of thinking. It’s not Baal who will give strength. Rather, it’s the Lord – Yahweh who will give strength.

And not to Baal worshipers. But only to his people.

Psalm 29 11 Commentary
Peace

And followers of the Lord through the ages might feel like their life is depicted in this psalm. That is, you might feel like your life is just one huge, destructive, life-threatening storm. You see devastated forests, ominous flashing lightning, and such as a good description of your life.

Well, David reminds us that even though God is heard in the storm – the storm doesn’t control him. He controls the storm.

And because of that he can and does give his people peace – shalom. Even in the midst of the raging storm.

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