New International Reader's Version

Psalm 29

Psalm 29

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, you angels in heaven.
    Praise the Lord for his glory and strength.
Praise the Lord for the glory that belongs to him.
    Worship the Lord because of his beauty and holiness.

The voice of the Lord is heard 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 cedar trees.
    The Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon into pieces.
He makes the mountains of Lebanon leap like a calf.
    He makes Mount Hermon jump 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 oak trees.
    It strips the forests bare.
    And in his temple everyone cries out, “Glory!”

10 The Lord on his throne rules over the flood.
    The Lord rules from his throne as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people.
    The Lord blesses his people with peace.

The Message

Psalm 29

A David Psalm

11-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
    Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
    in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention!
    Dress your best to honor him!

God thunders across the waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness—
God, across the flood waters.

God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s thunder symphonic.

God’s thunder smashes cedars,
God topples the northern cedars.

The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.

God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
    from which his power flows,
    from which he rules the world.

11 God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.