“Knowing Jesus…in worship” (Psalm 29) (John MacDiarmid)

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Talk given by John MacDiarmid at PCF on Sunday morning 19 April 2015

The first part of our Mission statement is “Knowing Jesus…” and  we are currently looking at a selection of Psalms to help us discover how we can develop our relationship with Him.

There have been singers in every generation who capture the hearts of the public with the songs they sing. God had His man, King David, who has left us a legacy of songs that have helped God’s saints over the centuries.

The Psalm we look at today, Psalm 29, is a call to worship.  When David want inspire us to worship he draws on the most dramatic imagery available to him, a spectacular, owerful thunderstorm resulting in an overwhelming flood.

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes     with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.

We are called to worship God:

For who He is

God is described using words like “Glory” “splendour” “holiness” “strength” – all words of superlatives. We cannot describe in words what God is like, so David has used words that take us to the utmost of where words can take us. Truly God is awesome. ”Ascribe” to God these things is simply an acknowledgement of truth. He is awesome, and we need to worship Him.

For How He works

In British politics nothing becomes law without the Royal Assent. Until the Queen, in the privy Council, says the word “agreed”, nothing can become Law.. Similarly, nothing happens until God speaks. So in Genesis 1,  when God speaks, it happens. Jesus drove out the demons with a word, the writer of Hebrews says that God  sustains all things by His powerful word. The thunderstorm is a picture of the voice of God creating and destroying. He is the one who speaks and it happens. So in His temple all cry “Glory”

For what he does

The imagery changes to that of a flood – probably a reference to Noah’s flood. Over the havoc and the devastation of the flood, God sits supreme. He is in control. When we think he is not in control, when things do not go as we think they should,, we do not have all the facts, but God does. We are called to trust Him in the flood. And as we do he strengthens us and gives us his peace.

So what can we do other than worship, by laying down our lives in His service and offering Him praise with our lips? O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.


John MacDiarmid

April 2015


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