12/16 Psalm29：1-11 Praise God In the Midst of Distress
1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
On stormy nights, we tend to focus on our difficulties and losses and get trapped by weaknesses and afflictions which lead us to complain to and even grow distant from God. Yet, the psalmist tells us that even in times of trouble we ought to praise the Lord. To be honest, it is a great challenge (for everyone of us) to praise the Lord in difficulty unless we praise the Lord on a daily basis. Like David, we ought to know by heart that the Lord is the kind and powerful God who makes all things work together for good to those who love Him.
In this psalm, David mentioned the voice of the Lord seven times (it is powerful, full of majesty...), to remind us that the glory and power of God is mightier than any of this world’s storms and difficulties. Therefore, the psalmist said that the children of God, should not be afraid of these difficulties which will not last but rather we should praise His name, giving to the Lord the glory due His name, for The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever (v10). God loves us so much and He will give strength to His people and bless His people with peace. (JZ)
弱灰心會抓住我們，讓我們心生埋怨甚至是遠離 神。但詩人卻呼籲我們在困境中要讚美敬拜耶和華。誠實的講，碰到 困難還能讚美 神是很大的挑戰。除非我們平時就是一個常常讚美神的人，像大衛一 樣真認識 神，深知祂是有慈愛和大能，叫萬事互相效力使我們得益處的 神。
）來提醒我們 神的榮耀和能力，大過所遇任何外在的困境和災難。因此，詩人呼籲 住在神家中的眾子啊，不要因外在暫時的困境恐懼害怕，當來讚美， 將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂；因為“洪水氾濫之時， 耶和華坐著為王，耶和華坐著為王，直到永遠。” 神愛我們，必賜力量和平安的福給屬祂的百姓。（JZ）