Why was God’s glory so terrifying? (Psalm 29:7–9)

9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

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.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 22 2023 Mini Anonymous

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Data Ursula S Monroe
I can only answer for me because it’s an opinion based on my knowledge and experience. We are sinners and when we are faced with the glory of God it reveals how sinful we truly are. This can be quite scary as a first reaction. But since Jesus died for us horrible sinners we can lean on Him to cover us. The Old Testament writers didn’t have that wonderful miracle. They were bound by the mosaic law. That for me would be terrifying because I know I wouldn’t have been able to be perfect in that law. Praise the Lord that we have been set free from that law through Jesus’ sacrifice!

January 23 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
"Note that it was the thunder–the voice of God–that broke the trees and not the wind or the lightning." I used to be a lumberjack (my most fun job in my life! The reason it was so fun was that it gave me a feeling of real, raw power to see and hear huge, huge trees fall to the ground or in the water--I did one in the water accidentally!), but I never saw anything like that. I believe David, the author of Psalm 29, saw thunder and lightning as EXPRESSIONS OF GOD'S POWER. THE POWER OF THE TRUE GOD. It did not mean necessarily that God was angry as the pagan nations believed. They believed that the gods were mad. 

“The voice of God is powerful and can shake the wilderness like an earthquake (Ps 29:8). So frightened were the animals that the hinds went into premature labor and delivered their calves. Imagine being born in a thunderstorm!” —Wiersbe

The terrifying aspect of bad storms could symbolize God's anger. It's possible. The Bible admits that God is angry with the wicked very day. (Psalm 7:11). Why? Because of what Ursula said: we are all sinners.

January 24 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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